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. To raise awareness this month has been deemed as American Diabetes Awareness month.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and several other health problems if it’s not controlled.
The good news? 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:
- Healthy eating habits
- Increased physical activity
- Weight loss
Start by making small changes in your lifestyle. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or eat a salad for lunch rather than that hearty fried meal, and get regular checkups to ensure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are on par so you aren’t at risk.
Interested in setting up an appointment to make sure you’re on track? Call us today.Tags: american diabetes month, diabetes, diabetes awareness, diabetes health, diabetes screening, November, november diabetes