November is American Diabetes Awareness Month. By bringing awareness to this serious disease and teaching people how they can change their eating habits, increase physical activity, and work on weight loss solutions, we can make a difference, specifically with those high risk of type 2 diabetes.
Know the facts about diabetes!
- Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States.
- Diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.
- One in 11 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is when the body does not properly process the food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. Insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas, helps glucose enter your body’s cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.
For more information about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website, or talk to your doctor about how you can stay healthy and lower your diabetes risk.Tags: diabetes, diabetes awareness, diabetes awareness month, diabetes health, family medicine, health, november diabetes