November is Diabetes Awareness Month. One in 3 American adults could have diabetes by the year 2050, according to the ADA, if actions are not taken. Dr. John Cavanaugh joined 16 Morning News to talk about Diabetes Awareness Month.
"It's a condition where the body doesn't process sugar or glucose properly for energy," said Dr. Cavanaugh.
"I think it's the obesity epidemic. People are getting bigger earlier. We are seeing teenagers that are quite overweight and a lot of them are coming down with Type 2 Diabetes," said Dr. Cavanaugh.
Common symptoms are frequent urination or thirst, as well as unexplained weight loss and fatigue.
"A lot of people think it's a matter of staying away from sweet things and sugar but it's all of the calories in the diet. It's the carbohydrates as well as fats and proteins," he said.
The South Bend Clinic is having a diabetes Fair on November 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The fair is free. There will be screenings for diabetes and nurse practitioners there to answer questions.