November is National Diabetes Month. Don't think diabetes is a problem? Here are a few statistics on diabetes from the American Diabetes Association:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
See this worksheet the CDC has on American diabetes, just to see how rampant the diabetes problem is. National Diabetes Month is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management:
- A is for: A1C test - a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.
- B is for: Blood pressure - the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.
- C is for: cholesterol - there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels.
Monitor your ABCs at your regular visit with your doctor, in order to prevent and/ or manage diabetes. Remember, diabetes can be treated with medication, exercise, and diet. Learn more by visiting these online and library resources:
- American Diabetes Association
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes
- Diabetes Medicines
- Medline Plus, Diabetes
- Tasty Recipes for People with Diabetes and Their Families