Nearly 35 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, 7.3 million adults have undiagnosed diabetes and 88 million have prediabetes, with most unaware of having it. Diabetes is among the leading causes of disability and death in the country. When uncontrolled, it spurs blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems. That’s what makes diabetes awareness-driving efforts so important.
November is American Diabetes Month – a time to focus on prediabetes and preventing diabetes. The month focuses on acting together to transform the lives of all people with diabetes in both present and future.
It begins with understanding what prediabetes means. Before people develop type 2 diabetes they can have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but still low enough to not qualify as diabetes. Prediabetes features no clear symptoms, which is why so many unknowingly have it. If you learn you have prediabetes you should test for type 2 diabetes every one to two years – and because you have prediabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Some people with prediabetes are even able to return blood glucose levels to the normal range. Research reveals that you can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes substantially by shedding 7-10% of your body weight and through exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Lowering your risk of or delaying type 2 diabetes is about taking simple steps toward living a healthier lifestyle. This means accepting that there are habits of yours requiring change. That could mean finally quitting smoking, embracing a healthier diet, or committing to an exercise routine.
Do you think you may be at risk? You can take a Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test via diabetes.org.
This American Diabetes Month examine your diabetes risk and current state of health. Diabetes affects nearly 10.5% of the population and so many cases go undiagnosed – it’s time to act and spur change. Early detection and treatment of diabetes decreases the chances of developing complications.
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