Sugary foods and drinks don’t cause diabetes, Yes, but don’t keep consuming loads of sweets. When you overdo sweet stuff your taking in extra calories. That in turn, packs on the pounds and being overweight ups your risk. You could have pre diabetes and not know it. One in three Americans over age 20 approx 86 million has blood glucose levels hovering just below the type two level. Pre diabetes isn’t harmless. It may damage your blood vessels and cause nerve problems. You can prevent or delay it’s onset; You can help reverse pre diabetes by losing 7% of your body weight. Get adequate exercise and choose healthy foods like nuts, greens fruits. Even older people can develop Type 1 diabetes; It’s dubbed juvenile diabetes, but yes, it does effect older people One study found that 4 % of 31-60 year olds diagnosed with type 2 actually had type 1. It really hurts your heart; People with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without. If you stop smoking and take steps to lower your blood pressure you can ease the risk. It can raise your risk for gum disease; Type 1 and 2 up your risk for cavities, thrush, dry mouth and periodonitis. The finger prick may become a thing of the past; Two new monitoring devices, Dexcom G6 and the Freestyle Libre are accurate enough to make insulin dosing decisions without the finger prick. It’s bad for bones; People with diabetes can weaken bones and are more at risk with fractures. You should get a bone density test if your are diabetic and over 50 years old. In conclusion, the real culprit in the disease of diabetes is putting the pancreas on overdrive to the point where it wears out. Exercise, meditation, eating nuts, fruits, seeds like chia and flax, eating fish and eliminating smoking and unhealthy sweet foods. As one of the most obese nations in the world, the US is in the midst of acquiring a record number of new diabetics.