As November and American Diabetes Month draw to a close, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember the message year-round. American Diabetes Month marks a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. The American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.
This month especially, I remember how serious a disease diabetes is. In our practice alone, we see thousands of patients with diabetes every year and we see the complications some of our patients suffer first-hand. We also see their successes! We work hard to stop diabetes and we know our patients do too. But some people don’t take diabetes as seriously as they should. Please take a minute to read and remember some of the shocking statistics:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes
- 79 million people have pre-diabetes or are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
- Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes
- Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease and amputations
- The CDC projects that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.
What are some of the things we can do to prevent and control diabetes?
- Participate in regular physical activity
- Eat a healthy diet
- Reach and maintain a healthy weight
- Take your medications as prescribed
- Monitor your progress, which could include checking your blood sugar, keeping food records, monitoring your blood pressure or recording you weight.
So ask yourself, “What can I do to STOP diabetes?” If you need help getting started, getting motivated or you just need more information, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Diabetes educators, dietitians and your physician are all on your team!