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People with diabetes are unable to process which type of nutrients?
Sugars -- CORRECT! -- People with diabetes are unable to break down glucose -- the simple sugar that fuels our bodies. Insulin processes glucose, and people with diabetes either cannot produce enough insulin or are unable to use it properly.
Which of these medical conditions can result from type 2 diabetes? (Check all that apply)
Blindness -- CORRECT -- High blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the eyes, causing people with diabetes to go blind. Between 12,000 and 24,000 new cases of blindness are attributed to diabetes each year.
Foot problems -- CORRECT -- According to doctors at the Joslin Diabetes Center, one in four people with diabetes will develop foot complications. These include nerve damage that causes you to lose your ability to feel pain and discomfort and poor circulation, which hampers healing ability. Sometimes complications require amputation.
Impotence -- CORRECT -- Nerve and artery damage can result from out-of-control blood sugar levels and inhibit sexual performance. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity are also contributing factors to the problem.
Heart disease -- CORRECT -- High blood pressure, common in people with diabetes, wears out the heart muscle and arteries, increasing risk for heart attacks and stroke. A study by the Joslin Diabetes Center showed a two- to threefold increase in the incidence of heart disease in people with diabetes.
Your risk for developing type 2 diabetes increases significantly after what age?
40 -- CORRECT!
People with type 2 diabetes are "insulin resistant," which means they are unable to use the insulin the body produces to process simple sugars. Which organ makes insulin?
Pancreas -- CORRECT!
One of the best ways to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise. What percent of the U.S. population over 20 are overweight or obese?
67 -- CORRECT! -- According to the Center for Disease Control's latest statistics, 67 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Being an unhealthy weight greatly increases you chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Shedding the extra pounds is the first step to lowering your risk.