American Diabetes Month is going on right now, throughout November. This national effort by the American Diabetes Association is aimed at raising the general awareness of diabetes, the issues surrounding the disease and the effects it has on the millions who suffer.
Even through 26 million people currently have diabetes in the United States and even though most people believe they have an understanding of the condition, there’s so much to learn here for all of us.
For instance, did you know that 79 million Americans have a condition known as prediabetes. This is a condition in which a person’s blood glucose level is elevated, but it isn’t high enough to be considered diabetes. Of those estimated 79 million people, only 11 percent actually know they have it. And all 79 million of them are 45% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who aren’t prediabetic.
Diabetes costs the United States about $245 Billion every year – that’s Billion … with a B. That’s pretty expensive for a condition that is, in many cases, preventable and is also, in many cases, controllable.
What can all of us do every day to decrease our own risk of type 2 diabetes? Basic lifestyle and dietary choices are key to helping us avoid diabetes.
We can and should:
• Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
• Choose fish, lean meats, and poultry without skin.
• Include whole grains with every meal.
• Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per day five days a week.
• Choose water to drink instead of beverages with added sugar.
• Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk factors, especially if you have a family history or are overweight.
Let’s go further than these important points, though. FoodFacts.com encourages you to become even more self-aware. Click here: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/?loc=DropDownDB-RiskTest and take this Diabetes Risk Test to guide you in your conversations with your doctors.
The American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org) has a wealth of really valuable information that will keep you educated, aware and informed on the myriad of issues surrounding diabetes. During American Diabetes Month, we should all make it a priority to stay on top of the things we need to know to keep ourselves and our families healthy, safe and happy.