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National Diabetes Awareness Month


National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Month. This may not sound like the most exciting thing, but according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 34.3 million people of all ages in the United States have diabetes. This is more than 10% of the population. Furthermore, about 7.4 million people over the age of 18 have diabetes but don’t even know it. 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, whereas the bodies of people with type 2 diabetes do not make or use insulin well.

This year, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases is focusing on prevention for all people, but particularly for those who have prediabetes. Prediabetes means your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes. The CDC reports that about 88 million people in the United States are living with prediabetes.

You can make small healthy lifestyle changes that can prevent type 2 diabetes and even reverse existing prediabetes. These things include exercise, healthy eating, healthy weight, getting vaccinated, and getting good emotional and physical support.

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