November marks American Diabetes Month, the annual focus on the every day global health issue.
As the American Diabetes Association notes: “Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. This campaign asks everyone affected by diabetes—whether that means people living with diabetes, caregivers or those who are at risk of developing diabetes—to put on their capes and share how they’re taking a stand. Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications.”
The recent National Diabetes Statistics Report from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention notes that “more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes,” the American Diabetes Association is “urging renewed attention to and investment in stemming the diabetes epidemic.”
As this infographic from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, one of the key ways to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes — or help manage diabetes — is through regular exercise and proper diet. Staying fit matters.