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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose (blood sugar). When a person has diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or is unable to use its own insulin effectively.

  • Type 1 – Affects 5 percent of people with diabetes. There is no know prevention and usually affects children/young adults.
  • Type 2 – Affects 95 percent of people with diabetes. Healthy eating, regular physical activity and medication if prescribed can prevent or delay onset of Type 2 diabetes. It is usually diagnosed later in life, but is now being found in children and young adults.
  • Gestational – Affects 2-10 percent of pregnant women and leads to a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes.
  • Minorities are at higher risk.
  • Diabetes can lead to complications, such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney failure, and amputations of legs or feet.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion per year.
  • The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.
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