American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month. To recognize that, the American Diabetes Association has launched a national program to Stop Diabetes.
This serious disease leads to potentially life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation. Health officials are focusing on the disease as the number of people diagnosed with diabetes and at risk for developing it continues to grow.
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Idaho continues to increase every year along with the obesity rates. Now, 1 in 12 Idaho adults over 18 has diabetes.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes can sometimes be prevented. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program focuses on the health issues that can help people prevent and/or manage their diabetes.
Getting to and maintaining a healthy weight, exercise, and learning how to make better food choices are a few ways to prevent diabetes from becoming a problem.
Visit the American Diabetes Association web site for a wealth of resources for people interested in learning more about preventing and managing diabetes.