November is National Diabetes Month
Another 86 million people are living with prediabetes in the United States, a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Prediabetes means that your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Another type of diabetes, Type 1 diabetes, is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.
Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include family history of diabetes, ethnicity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, increased age, high blood pressure, carrying extra weight around your mid-section, abnormal glucose labs and a history of gestational diabetes. If you have some of these risk factors, talk to your doctor about diabetes screening.
The good news is that making healthy lifestyle changes can greatly lower your risk and improve your health. To help prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes:
- Watch your weight
- Eat healthy
- Get more physical activity
There are online screening tools to assess your risk, information to learn how to prevent and/or delay diabetes, as well as education classes at most PAMF locations if you are screened as high risk. Discuss these options with your doctor. A link to screen for Type 2 diabetes:
You can also check out our link for more information about diabetes at www.PAMF.org/diabetes.
World Diabetes Day is observed every November 14th and the color blue symbolizes diabetes awareness. Wear blue on this day to show your support!
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