November is National Diabetes Month

Posted on November 4, 2011

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Many Americans do not consider diabetes serious matter, but here are some facts to help you understand the seriousness of diabetes and how it affects the body.

Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar levels are too high. With type 1 diabetes your body does not produce insulin to help you break down the sugar to be used as energy. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the blood sugar, glucose, stays in your blood, which can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. A blood test can show if you have diabetes. For more detailed information what diabetes is visit MedlinePlus.

Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. There are nearly 26 million children and adults living with diabetes, and 79 million people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It kills more people annually than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Recent estimates from the American Diabetes Association project that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we steps to prevent it.

Ways to Become involved:

–          Join the Facebook page to connect with other activists

–          Attend an American Diabetes Month event in your area

–          Call 1-800-DIABETES

–          Text JOIN to 69866 (standard data and message rates apply)

For fact sheets in English and Spanish please visit the American Diabetes Association website.

The Boston Public Health Commission’s campaign against sugar sweetened beverages addresses the increasing rate of obesity and type 2 diabetes in our community. Over the past 20 years, obesity levels have doubled in the United States, with 23% of adults in Boston being obese.  The preventable risk factors of insufficient physical activity and poor nutrition are major contributors to the development and severity of many chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and account for about 17% of deaths in the US.  There are substantial health disparities in obesity and resulting chronic disease that particularly affect communities of color.

For more information on the Boston Public Health Commission’s campaign click here.

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