More than 29 million people in the United States (or nearly 10% of the total population) have diabetes—a term given to a group of diseases marked by high blood sugar and abnormal production and/or function of the hormone insulin.
Because diabetics have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and even premature death, organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) strive to help raise awareness about who it affects and why. American Diabetes Month®, celebrated each November, is an important part of their efforts.
The theme this year—America Gets Cooking℠ to Stop Diabetes®—focuses on inspiring people to eat (and cook) healthier foods and to stay active throughout the year. Events will take place throughout the month to help bring people together in an effort to learn more about the link between a healthy lifestyle and diabetes prevention, and on their website the ADA will spotlight ideas and activities for families and individuals.
Want to know more? View previous blogs for additional information
and tips on diabetes prevention and management:
Review: Diet Critical to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Control (includes 5 simple tips for improving diet quality!)
Kids & Diabetes Study, Plus 4 Tips for Parents (hint: your children are counting on YOU to set the example)
New Study Shows Nuts are Good for Your Heart, Blood Sugar (and other reasons why you should add a handful of nuts to your daily diet)
Study: Obese Preschoolers at Risk for Health Problems Earlier in Adulthood (and yes, that includes diabetes)
High Blood Sugar Not a Problem? Think Again. (this eye-opening infographic says it all!)