Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? This month is all about bringing awareness to friends and family about the millions of Americans that are impacted by diabetes, a number that is continually growing.
There are 29.1 million people in the United States that have diabetes, which is 9.3 percent of our entire population. Diabetes is an all consuming disease that affects a person’s whole lifestyle down to their dietary restrictions. This month, remind your loved ones the importance of getting screened for diabetes, as 8.1 million people in the United States are undiagnosed, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The 8.1 million undiagnosed diabetics make up almost 28 percent of the entire diabetic community.
There are many other ways to get involved in National Diabetes Awareness Month as well. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has created a social media campaign called #ThisIsDiabetes, which can be accessed here. This campaign encourages you to personalize the ADA’s This Is Diabetes sign with a word or phrase that describes your personal story. After creating your sign, post it to social media with the hashtag #ThisIsDiabetes. That way you can see everyone’s unique signs and stories.
Other simple ways to get involved this month could be signing up for a local walk in support of diabetes, donating to a diabetes research fundraiser or simply starting a conversation with someone about diabetes. For example, you could inform your friends that there are activities to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Some of those activities include eating healthier, losing weight and exercising regularly. Find out if there is a diabetes event being held in your area here!
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