November is National Diabetes Month, bringing attention and awareness to diabetes and its impact across the country.
Awareness is the first step toward more funding for research, more understanding about the disease and better education to help save a life.
Diabetes is prevalent in seniors, with the percentage age 65 and older remaining high at over 12 million Americans.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes and, according to the National Health Information Center, another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed. Common signs of diabetes include urinating often, feeling very thirsty and extreme fatigue. Blurry vision, weight loss and tingling or pain in the hands and feet are also common symptoms.
Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and being active, but even if you don’t need medications at first, you may need to over time.
Diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the country.
Raising awareness in November can alert people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes to make healthy changes and lower their risk by more than half. Early detection can also decrease the risk of developing complications from diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association recommends eating healthy, getting more physical activity and losing weight.
A few small changes can make a big impact on your weight and overall health. The American Diabetes Association recommends filling half your plate with non-starchy vegetables as well as fruit, which can satisfy your sweet tooth.
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