Sweet Demise

In Hawaiʻi alone, 28,000 people wake up each day and drink their morning coffee, unaware that today they could potentially be a killer’s next victim. The killer’s name is diabetes.

Of 113,000 diabetics in Hawaiʻi, at least 28,000 are undiagnosed, according to a fact sheet released by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Hawaiʻi. With complications like heart disease, eye disease and blindness, amputations, kidney disease, coma, and even death, cases of undiagnosed diabetes are ticking time-bombs just waiting to blow.

November marks the beginning of American Diabetes Awareness month, a reminder from the ADA to take action against the disease.

On the other hand, if the pancreas produces insulin but it is not enough, or not working properly, it is classified as type 2 diabetes. In either case, a lack of insulin intervention allows the blood glucose levels to rise to excessive levels resulting in potentially deadly consequences.

While there are symptoms of diabetes, such as excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, and tingling in the extremities, a lot of times the symptoms are completely overlooked.

“Most people I talk to say you can’t really tell (when your blood glucose levels are high),” said Dr. Anne Shovic, a professor in the Food Science and Nutrition Department at UH Mānoa.

For diagnoses, the Fasting Blood Glucose test is most commonly administered… Click here to continue reading at the Ka Leo O Hawai’i news website!

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