The Pulse on Hispanic Health
– TheraFusion, Alice Beckett-Rumberger, PT
Type 2 Diabetes
Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control 40% of US adults are expected to develop Type 2 Diabetes and that number is even higher for Hispanic men and women – 50%! What is Type 2 Diabetes? Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that allows your body to use glucose (sugar). Sugar is needed by the cells in your body for energy but sugar can not go into your cells by itself so the pancreas releases insulin into the blood so sugar can go into cells and left-over sugar that is not used by the body gets stored in the liver with the help of insulin. So, insulin is important in keeping the balance of sugar in the body! People with type 2 diabetes are resistant to insulin actions and have a hard time maintaining blood sugar levels. Balancing glucose is important because it is the source of energy for all the cells in your body including muscles, tissue, and brain.
The top five risk factors include, weight, decreased physical activity, family history, race, and age. Some risk factors like race and family history can not be controlled but weight and activity can be controlled. To decrease your risks factors considered a healthy diet and regular physical activity! Your health matters – commit to small changes and soon other healthy decisions will follow! Looking forward to continuing the conversation about health topics because being smart about your health does a body good!
Alice Beckett-Rumberger, PT
Principal Physical Therapist