#Sugarkills is all about being aware of the amount of sugar in the food we eat, but we rarely talk about why sugar is bad.
Sugar can cause harmful diseases like diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong disease where the sugar in your blood is too high or too low, and your body cannot process it correctly.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed to kids and young adults. Only about 5% of people with diabetes have this form. This form of diabetes is when your body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that lowers the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. Type 2 diabetes is when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. This is the most common form of diabetes.
You may think that diabetes is inexpensive. Think again. The cost to treat diabetes rose 41% for the U.S. Health Care System to more than $245 BILLION in the 2012 from 2007. Men born in 1988 to 1999 had a 21% chance and women had a 27% chance of getting diabetes. Now, men born from 2000 to 2011 have a 47% chance and woman have over a 50% chance! There are about 29 million Americans that have diabetes.
Next time you decide to eat five candy bars, just remember, #sugarkills, and so does diabetes.
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