National Diabetes Awareness Month

National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels in the body to be too high. The bodies of people with type 1 diabetes do not make enough insulin. The bodies of people with type 2 diabetes do not make or use insulin well. Prediabetes means that blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 30 million people in the United States are living with diabetes, and 84 million people in the United States are living with prediabetes. This month, learn about living well with diabetes through diet, activity and stress reduction.

Recommended books

The complete diabetes cookbook: the healthy way to eat foods you love
America’s Test Kitchen provides more than 400 healthful recipes, including food for breakfast, snacks, and slow-cooker favorites.

Prediabetes: a complete guide
Learn about what prediabetes is, and what steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

The type 1 diabetes self-care manual
Learn the basics of type 1 diabetes, including information about blood glucose, nutrition, insulin and age-specific information.

Recommended videos

These online videos provide an overview of topics related to diabetes, including information about support groups and care teams, skin and foot care, exercise, self-care and more.

Diabetes Management
These online videos cover topics in diabetes management, including understanding high and low blood glucose; tips for shopping, cooking and dining out; exercise; emergencies and more.

These online videos cover topics related to prediabetes, including lifestyle changes, choosing healthy foods, getting active and more.

Recommended research guides

Foods and Nutrition
This guide is designed to help students do research on food and nutrition – for classes and for life. Find links to online journals, relevant databases, recipes, apps and calculators.

Recommended websites

American Diabetes Association
Find information about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, meal plans and recipes, local information, online communities and more.

This website, provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine, is a great resource for health information. Find a basic overview of diabetes, information on treatments and living with diabetes, and links to many other trusted resources.