Currently in the United States, nearly 26 million people of all ages, races, and backgrounds have diabetes. And the number continues to grow.
In the simplest terms, diabetes is a serious disease in which the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in your blood because it does not have enough insulin.
Kate Messenger from the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Diabetes Center said "It's where your pancreas is not, or is unable to release insulin which is a hormone to help us break down sugars that are in our bloodstream."
The most common form of diabetes is type two.
"We see it at a growing rate, especially here in Alaska and so our goal is to get the word out and to help facilitate and see what people can do for themselves regarding type 2 diabetes", Messenger said."
The Fairbanks Diabetes Center provides education to individuals with diabetes and teaches ways for them to manage the disease. They partner with doctors who refer patients to the center.