Do you know that November Is American Diabetes Month? Did you know that Diabetes killed more people last year (68,000) then AIDS and Breast Cancer combined? Do I have your attention now? I hope so. We can all help with Diabetes Prevention in our own communities.
The scope of the disease is mind-blowing. 26 million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic. Shockingly, of those 79 million Americans who are pre-diabetic, only 11% are aware of their condition. Yikes!
So what do we do about it? How can we stop diabetes? It really comes down to two things: Awareness & Action.
AWARENESS: WHAT’S YOUR RISK?
First things first: Find out if you, and your family & friends, are at risk. Risk assessment, and early detection are critical, for successful treatment and delaying or preventing the disease and the complications that come along with it.
Finding out your risk level is quick and easy. You can take a Risk Assessment Test online, but it is crucially important that you “spread the word.” Encourage your family and friends to find out their risk too.
ACTION: NEVER STOP MOVING
Second, keep exercise at the top of your priority list – people with a BMI that exceeds 35, have a 4000% greater chance of developing type 2 Diabetes. Scary stuff. That said, people with Pre-Diabetes who exercise for 30-minutes, five times a week, and lost 5 to 7 percent of their total weight cut their risk of developing full-fledged diabetes by nearly 60%*. For those without pre-diabetes, consistent exercise is one of the best ways to keep the disease at bay.
Spread the word to help with diabetes prevention. Your help can save lives.