November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion. Staggering!
If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:
- Watch your weight
- Eat healthy
- Get more physical activity
Knowing the risk factors associated with diabetes is also important for awareness and identification of symptoms of the disease. Read more about risk factors, symptoms and prevention in this article by TrueCare.
To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, FirstLight Home Care proudly recognizes American Diabetes Month. Together we can make a difference.
If you or an aging loved one needs help at home, contact a local FirstLight office today.