The Diabetes and Nutritional Counseling Center at Memorial Healthcare would like to bring attention to the fact that November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a chronic condition which affects millions of people both in the United States, as well as in our world. Twenty-six million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for developing this condition. These staggering numbers mean that 105 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. This amounts to nearly 10% of the population. Below are some startling facts and figures:

  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.
  • Every 19 seconds some in the U.S is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
  • Diabetes nearly doubles the risk for heart attack and for death from heart disease.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among working-age adults.
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. is $245 billion.
  • 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.

Today is the day to take action. Make a pledge to yourself to eat healthy, move more, and become educated on how to control your blood sugar to live a healthy life. Find out if you are at risk to develop diabetes, and make changes now to prevent or delay this costly condition. Simple lifestyle changes are sometimes enough to make significant improvements in blood sugar and our overall health.  And most of all, team up with your health care provider and diabetes educator to set goals for optimal health. This epidemic can only be stopped if we each do our own part. Let’s all partner to stop diabetes today!

Memorial Healthcare is fortunate to house its own Diabetes and Nutritional Counseling Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Mitchell Building. The Center works with individuals and their families to learn how to control blood glucose levels and reduce risks associated with diabetes. The Center offers both individual and group sessions. For more information on how to enroll in a diabetes self-management program, contact 989-729-4714 or 989-729-4712.