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National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month

Information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIH).

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on managing diabetes by building your healthcare team.

Diabetes is a serious disease where your blood sugar levels are too high. It affects about 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart and is linked to some forms of cancer.

While the healthcare team is an essential factor in care, you are the most important participant in your diabetes care. Here are some tips to help you manage diabetes:

  • You are the center of your care. Learn as much as you can about diabetes and talk with your primary care provider for support and referrals.
  • Manage diabetes as early as possible. Research has shown that taking action soon after being diagnosed can help prevent diabetes-related health problems such as kidney disease, vision loss, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Start with small changes to create healthier habits. Move more by limiting time spent sitting and try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week.
  • Choose healthier foods and drinks most of the time. Pick foods that are high in fiber and low in fat and sugar. Build a plate that balances vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates. Drink water instead of sweetened drinks.

Click here to take the 60-second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test from the American Diabetes Association.


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