Health and Well-Being

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November 2019 

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and one in four of them doesn’t even know it, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Sadly, in the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.

This high incidence of diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, contributing to stroke, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, and more. Depending on your age, weight, family history, and other factors, you may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Fortunately, making healthy lifestyle changes can greatly lower your risk of complications from the disease or of developing diabetes in the first place. In short, there are three important ways to do this: 

  • Watch your weight.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Get more physical activity.

For more specific information on diabetes care and prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/problems.html. You may also determine if you could be pre-diabetic by taking a quick quiz at https://www.cdc.gov/prediabetes/takethetest/.