American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, and November 14 has been designated as World Diabetes Day. One of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, diabetes affects more than 30 million people and another 84 million adults are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. American Diabetes Month is the chance to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors, and opportunity to encourage people to make healthy changes.
A key aspect of spreading awareness is educating others about what Type 1 diabetes is and what it is not. Education can dispel myths about the chronic illness, as well as to inform the public about risk factors, and potential indicators of the disease, thereby allowing the disease to be managed sooner and more effectively. Left uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.
The good news, however, is that people who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they make healthy lifestyle changes, including healthier eating, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Learning about the warning signs of diabetes allows those with risk factors to act accordingly to prevent the onset of the disease.
The theme for American Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes. Specifically, the International Diabetes Federation is raising awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, and promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. Families are urged to test their diabetes knowledge and assess their risk of type 2 diabetes through an online quiz and assessment.
By working together to raise awareness of and educate the public about diabetes, we can help people make healthy changes to their lifestyle and reduce their diabetes risk factors.
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