November: National Diabetes Awareness Month

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 4 do not know that they are diabetic. It is National Diabetes month, and here are some things you need to know about the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2010. Diabetes is an issue that causes higher blood sugar (glucose) levels than is normal. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and is often called juvenile diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and in this form the body does not correctly use insulin. To control diabetes, a balance is needed between medication, proper nutrition, and exercise. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented by maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, and eating well. Know the risks, and take care of yourselves.