National Diabetes Month 2019
November is National Diabetes Month here in America, and what better month to make people aware of this disease than the ones usually laden with sugar-filled holiday desserts and treats? Next week here at Cleangoodeats, we’re going to dive into more personal stories but for today, we wanted to raise awareness by sharing a few facts and statistics about the disease.
A few things to know about Diabetes:
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes (that’s more than 30 million people). Another 84 million adults in the U.S. are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 85.2% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.
According to a 2017 National Diabetes Statistics report, counties in the southern and Appalachian regions of the United States tended to have the highest prevalence of diagnosed diabetes.
- Feeling very thirsty and hungry
- Frequent urination.
- Urine may also smell sweet/fruity
- Blurry vision
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and feet (Usually common in those with type 2 diabetes)
While these symptoms statistics can be pretty scary, there is still some good news to be found among them! People who are at risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk simply by making healthy lifestyle changes like:
More exercise / physical activity: You can start with something as simple as deciding to take the stairs on a daily basis instead of elevators or escalators. Or, when you’re making your trips to the grocery store, shopping mall, etc., you can park further from the entrance so that you have to take a longer stroll to get there.
Healthy changes in diet – You don’t have to take the all or nothing approach right at the beginning. Take baby steps! For example, if you drink 3 sodas a day, try reducing that number by one each week and switching out the subtracted soda for 8-12 ounces of water.
Losing weight – Changes in the first two things listed above should result in weight loss.
One of the most important things that can be done to manage diabetes is to make sure you and your family members are getting regular check-ups. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to severe health problems such as; nerve damage, kidney disease, and blindness, to name a few.
This is why it’s so important to spread awareness. In addition to making sure your own health is in check, if you know of any health practitioners in your community, talk to them about becoming leaders/advocates in your community about the importance of healthy lifestyle changes/additions as well. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases has made it easy for people to spread awareness by creating shareable posts, tweets, and links via social media.
You can participate in spreading the word by clicking here: NationalDiabetesMonth2019