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November is National Diabetes Month: Are You at Risk?
Written by November 26, 2010

Ruth Ann Carpenter, MS, RD

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November is National Diabetes Month: Are You at Risk?

  • 23.6 million Americans have diabetes including 5.7 who don't know it!
  • 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year!
  • 57 million Americans have prediabetes!
  • 1 in 3 Americans (1 in 2 minorities) born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if present trends continue!

It's VERY likely that you or someone you love dearly will be diagnosed with diabetes. So stopping diabetes must start now!

Take this really quick test to ASSESS YOUR RISK (scroll down and click on "START" in the blue box in the middle of the page).

More Facts About Diabetes

  • Diabetes is a serious disease where one's body does not produce or properly use insulin.
  • Insulin is a hormone that allows the body to use glucose for energy. The body produces glucose from the food you eat.
  • Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and is often diagnosed in adults.
  • Gestational diabetes appears for the first time during pregnancy and puts one at risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.
  • Prediabetes comes before type 2 diabetes and is where blood glucose is higher than normal, but not yet at levels where diabetes is diagnosed.
  • Complications of diabetes include increased risk: for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations, and blindness! 

 

Resources for Diabetes Prevention:

American Diabetes Association – Food and Fitness

National Diabetes Education Program – More than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes

 

Resources for Diabetes Control (if you or someone you know has been diagnosed):

American Diabetes Association – Living with Diabetes

National Diabetes Education Program – The Power to Control Diabetes is in Your Hands

Start a conversation about diabetes with a friend or family member this holiday season!

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