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Diabetes Awareness Month 2018

Posted on November 6th, 2018

 

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, use this time to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs or parking further away.
  • Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
  • Join the American Diabetes Association in celebrating American Diabetes Month.

Below are the symptoms for Type 2 Diabetes. Here is a link to the ADA’s risk assessment quiz. Please consult with your doctor about your risk for Diabetes.