Diabetes prevention starts with you. You can make a change to prevent type 2 diabetes or to manage health problems that result from the disease.
November is National Diabetes Month – a good time to better understand if you’re at risk, how to make the necessary changes to prevent type 2 diabetes, and if you have diabetes, how to manage the disease to prevent complications.
Diabetes is usually a lifelong (chronic) disease resulting from high levels of sugar in the blood and is a very serious and life changing disease. If not managed, diabetes can damage many parts of your body and lead to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.
Here are the diabetes numbers:
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes
79 million Americans are at risk for developing diabetes
1 in 4 kids today has diabetes or pre-diabetes meaning they are at a high risk for developing the disease
Are you at risk? Take the type 2 diabetes Risk Test
It’s fast, free and easy. Visit Diabetes Risk Test
Type 1 diabetes, which can happen at any age, is most often diagnosed in young people, and is managed by a lifetime of insulin treatment. Type 2 diabetes is much more common and the number of people developing type 2 diabetes, or pre-diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, including our children. It is estimated that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.
Make A Plan
An estimated 1 in 3 Americans has pre-diabetes and is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, there are things you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes, such as:
Limit sugary drinks
Maintain a healthy weight
Discuss diabetes and a prevention plan with your doctor
To help create your personal plan visit Your Diabetes Plan
Type 2 diabetes and the serious complications that result from this disease can be prevented or delayed. So use the month of November to start making a plan for yourself and your family to get healthy.
And remember, people with diabetes are at risk for flu-related complications
Diabetes can weaken your immune system, which makes it harder for your body to fight the flu virus. Being sick can also raise your blood glucose and prevent you from eating right..
The best protection against the flu is to get a flu shot through your healthcare provider or at one of our County community clinics. People with diabetes are also at risk of getting pneumonia, so talk with your doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine.
For more information on diabetes, visit:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002194/ US national library
http://www.diabetes.org/ American diabetes assoc