18 November 10 November is American Diabetes Month

In the never-ending effort to raise awareness about diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has used November as "American Diabetes Month," giving us all the chance to discuss the importance and seriousness of diabetes prevention and control. Please help us spread the word about this important cause.

In the United States, nearly 24 million children and adults are living with diabetes and an additional 57 million Americans are at risk. Unless the current trend ends, one out of three children born today will face a future with diabetes. Since 1987, diabetes-related deaths have increased by 45 percent, while deaths related to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined.

The effects of diabetes are often severe, causing nerve damage, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, heart disease, stroke, possible amputation, and diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. Diabetes is not only debilitating, it is also costly. It is estimated that $1 out of every $5 spent on healthcare is for diabetes-related care, and those who have diabetes spend over two times as much on healthcare compared to those without diabetes.

Diabetes does not always present early clear symptoms. Approximately one out of three people with type-2 diabetes experience no symptoms or go undiagnosed for years. This is why it is very important to take early action in addressing the possible onset of diabetes and why "American Diabetes Month" should be recognized every month, not just in November.

What You Can Do:

  • Learn how to survive the upcoming holidays with the "Celebration Survival Guide" available at stopdiabetes.com.
  • Take control of your health and request a free copy of "Top Five Ways to Stop Diabetes and Get Healthy Right Now!" or "What Can I Eat?" booklet by calling 1-800-DIABETES.
  • Become an Advocate for the cause and help stop diabetes through any number of advocacy efforts.
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for diabetes and monitor the foods in your diet.
  • The ADA recommends that everyone over 45 get tested for diabetes and those under 45 who are overweight be tested.
  • The Diabetes Prevention Program has shown that diet and exercise were more effective than medication in delaying the development of diabetes, and the DPP says that moderately exercising 30 minutes a day combined with a 5-10 reduction in weight can reduce diabetes development by 58 percent.

Ryan Newhouse

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