The American Diabetes Association indicates that more than 30 million Americans have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and it is becoming an increasingly more common disease nationwide.
“In the United States, diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death, and the number of people with diabetes is on the rise,” said Colin Carracher, MD, UC Health endocrinologist sub-specializing in diabetes and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “Uncontrolled diabetes can cause several health complications affecting nearly every organ system in the body.”
Diabetes can take a toll, both mentally and physically, in many different ways for patients. It is a complex diagnosis, which is why patients have to learn what works best for them in order to help manage the disease.
Managing diabetes can be a taxing experience, however, but it is one that a UC Health employee, Hannah Vester, embraces rather than fights.
“I was in high school when I found out I had diabetes,” said Hannah. “But I wasn’t going to let diabetes define me, and it definitely isn’t going to stop me from doing what I want to do.”