Diabetes is one of the most debilitating illnesses in the United States. If the condition is left untreated, it can worsen by causing nerve damage, kidney disease, and blindness. November is US Diabetes Month as declared by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
How Does November American Diabetes Month Help Diabetics?
Any day is a good day to spread awareness about certain illnesses. November is the best time to spread awareness about the risk factors of diabetes to help encourage people to take a step towards living a healthier lifestyle.
American Diabetes Month fosters a healthy lifestyle by letting people know that even the smallest changes in lifestyle can lower the risk of developing the disease. For instance, people who normally use the elevator are encouraged to take the stairs instead.
This awareness month is also a great time to talk to other people in the community about diabetes and encourage others to make regular visits to see a doctor. It is good idea to consult with your doctor regularly about any risk you may have for developing the disease. If there is any potential for developing this disease, most doctors will encourage you to monitor of your cholesterol levels as well as your blood pressure.
Things You Should Know About Diabetes
A person is largely at risk for developing type-2 diabetes if he or she is 45 years of age or older and overweight. Peopled born with diabetic parents are also at high risk for having the disease. Racial backgrounds can also have an influence on developing diabetes. For instance, African-American, American-Indian, and Asian-American are more likely to develop the disease. More importantly, if a person leads a sedentary lifestyle, he or she is at great risk as well.
This November, it is time to raise awareness about diabetes and consider it a serious illness that can affect anyone. If you feel that you are at risk for developing the disease, now is the best time to change your lifestyle and choose a healthier lifestyle. Join in the fight against diabetes this November.