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Learn the Facts During American Diabetes Month®

Each November the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conducts a diabetes awareness campaign. Why? According to the ADA, Americans’ fail to recognize the signs, symptoms and seriousness of the disease that affects someone every 17 seconds. In a study done by the ADA in 2009, Americans scored a failing grade of 51% out of a possible 100 on a series of questions revealing the common misperceptions and myths about the disease. 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. An additional 7 million people have diabetes but are undiagnosed.

Do you know what can you do to lower your risk of diabetes?

  • Get regular physical activity. Aim for 30 minutes of activity a day.

  • Lose excess body weight. A modest weight loss of 5-10 pounds can help your body’s insulin work more effectively.

  • Eat/Drink less refined sugars such as; cookies, candy, juice drinks, and soda. Although eating sugar does not cause diabetes, high sugar foods typically have little nutritional value.

  • Eat more fiber by including more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.

  • Get a fasting blood sugar test per your health care professional’s recommendation.

Know your risk. Take this quick test to assess your risk for diabetes.


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