November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month hosted by the American Diabetes Association.  The idea behind the awareness month is centered on the principle to call attention to diabetes issues as well as support patients that are suffering from the disease.

Nearly 30 million children and adults have diabetes in America and 86 million are pre-diabetes or are at risk for type two diabetes.  The overall cost of these patients is $245 million.  South Carolina is ranked 44th in the nation for Diabetes.  The “Stop Diabetes” campaign is in support of the effort to end diabetes and the health detriments it causes. Diabetes health impacts include kidney failure, risk for severe vision loss, risk for heart attack or stroke, amputations, and nerve damage.

In order to combat these health disparities the American Diabetes Association implements “Stop Diabetes” and “Lets get Cooking to Stop Diabetes”.  Each week in November the ADA will share tips on how to stay healthy during the holiday season, as well as recipes and holiday event ideas.  For additional information on the American Diabetes Association and Diabetes Awareness Month click here.




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