According to the WHO, a few decades back diabetes was an uncommon disease, in both developed and developing countries. Nowadays, the story is different. It is now about 143 million people worldwide are having diabetes. This figure is ever growing, by 2020 over 220 million people are affected with diabetes, if the current trend continues.
Over 2.8 million African Americans have diabetes and one third of them don't realize they have the disease. In addition, twenty five percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 - 74 have diabetes and one in four African American women, over the age of 55, have been diagnosed with the disease
Diabetes Mellitus (or simply diabetes), commonly know as "sugar diabetes", is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly produce or use insulin. Insulin is a hormone to control the rate at which sugar, starch and other food are converted into glucose required as energy for daily life. This insulin help to maintain the blood glucose level within a normal range, Diabetics often suffer from low glucose levels (sugar) in their blood. Low blood sugar levels can make you disorientated, dizzy, sweaty, hungry, have headaches, have sudden mood swings, have difficulty paying attention, or have tingling sensations around the mouth.
Diabetes can lead to many disabling and life threatening complications. Strokes, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and amputations are common complications that effect African Americans who have diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic condition for which there is no known cure; diabetes is a serious disease and should not be ignored.