The American Diabetes Association wants to remind everyone that November is American Diabetes Month. They want to raise diabetes awareness and state that American Diabetes Month plays an important part in the effort. They want to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and to all the people who are impacted by it.
They also report a few recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The estimated total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
Help the spread the word, especially to those you know who are at high risk. Major risk factors include: being overweight with excess body fat (particularly around the middle), being sedentary, having a family history of Type 2 diabetes or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), having a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds and being a descendant of some ethnic groups including Africans, Hispanics and Native Americans.