NMPH: November is Diabetes Awareness Month
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (11/2/20)
Ada, MN — It perhaps only makes sense that immediately following Halloween, a day where kids fill bags with unhealthy candy and snacks, we turn the calendar to November, which happens to be Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is the inability of the body to maintain normal blood glucose levels and more than 34 million Americans have been diagnosed with it. It’s also the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the US, affecting about 193,000 youth under the age of 20.
Kristy Rott with Norman-Mahnomen Public Health says there are three different types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational.
Some signs and symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst and urination, feeling tired all the time, and unintentional or sudden weight loss.
There are a number of risk factors associated with diabetes, and there a number of them that cannot be modified, including age, family history, or ethnicity. However, there are several things you can do to lower your risk, such as eating healthy, being active, and especially avoiding smoking.
Around 88 million adults, or 1 in 3, have what’s called prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it. Prediabetes is a serious health condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2. Those with prediabetes are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Diabetes itself can also lead to a number of other serious complications, including kidney failure, blindness, and amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.
If you have questions or concerns regarding diabetes, please consult your physician.