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American Diabetes Month

Today, more than 422 million people live with diabetes worldwide, so it's a huge task to educate people about the disease in its various forms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million American adults have diabetes, however, 1 in 5 of those people don't even know it.

Awareness + education is even more powerful. Knowing symptoms of type 1 can be life-saving when a diagnosis is right around the corner. If you're at risk for type 2, education can help prevent or delay the progression of the disease (in cases where you're able to do that). And education that helps our communities offer support (instead of blame) through a very challenging disease is invaluable.

As a form of prevention, make sure to schedule regular visits to your primary provider can help you stay on top of your health including catching diabetes to make an early diagnosis. Of the 30 million Americans living with diabetes in 2015, the ADA found that 7 million had gone undiagnosed. With an estimated 1.5 million new diabetes patients being diagnosed each year, it is important to begin taking action to treat your diabetes should you be diagnosed.

Exercise helps control weight, lower blood pressure, lower harmful LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, raise healthy HDL cholesterol, strengthen muscles and bones, reduce anxiety, and improve your general well-being. All forms of exercise-aerobic, resistance, or doing both (combined training)-are all equally good at lowering HbA1c values in people with diabetes.

People with diabetes who walked at least two hours a week were less likely to die of heart disease than their sedentary counter- parts, and those who exercised three to four hours a week cut their risk even more.

With nearly 200,000 children under the age of 20 having been diagnosed with diabetes, it is a growing issue for our youth as well. Therefore, The American Family Physicians organization also emphasizes the importance of testing children.


Resources:
https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/managing/5-questions-h.pdf

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