National Diabetes Awareness Month: Preventing Complications
Diabetes is a disease which affects over 29 million Americans, and the rate is only increasing. That’s why paying attention to National Diabetes Month is so important, as the month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes prevention and management, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, keep reading to learn about diabetes, and what you can do to help raise awareness:
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. It was previously referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because many diagnoses were made in childhood and early adulthood.
Type 2 diabetes, which is becoming increasingly more common, is caused by the body’s inability to use the insulin it creates and is often caused by poor health and weight gain.
● Eat right. Loading up on fruits, veggies, and other healthy food can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
● Exercise. You don’t have to be a professional bodybuilder to be in shape; just a few hours of exercise a week will help keep you fit and in shape.
● Watch your weight. Weight gain is the biggest cause of Type 2 diabetes, so keep an eye on the scale and make adjustments to your diet and exercise routine as necessary.
Preventing Diabetes-Related Complications
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t worry; you can still live a totally normal life!
You just need to take a few precautions day-to-day, which include: