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Type 2 Diabetes 101 for Diabetes Awareness Month

As you know, living with diabetes requires care and attention every day of the year. The month of November is dedicated to Diabetes Awareness, and is dedicated to bringing attention to the disease that affects millions of people. This November, join the type 2 diabetes community in raising awareness by educating others about the importance of diabetes prevention and combating this epidemic! Diabetes Day was started by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991, due to the response to the growing diabetes epidemic and is celebrated annually on November 14th. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes-our right to a healthy future.

Know the facts:

  • An estimated 30.3 million people have diabetes (9.4 % of the population) in 2015
  • An estimated 23.1 million are currently diagnosed with diabetes, but an estimated 7.2 million (23.8%) of people with diabetes are undiagnosed
  • 86 million American adults have prediabetes, and an estimated 90% of those do not know they have it!
  • Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015
  • The average medical costs for those diagnosed with diabetes were about $13,700 annually
  • People with diabetes pay about 2.3 times morefor medical expenses than those living without diabetes

Know the risk factors:

Non-Modifiable Risk Factors:

  • Family history of type 2 diabetes
  • Race or ethnic background (African American, Alaska Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander)
  • Age (>45 years old)
  • History of gestational diabetes

Modifiable Risk factors:

**Check out to see if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes!

Know the signs and symptoms:

  • Increased thirst or urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred Vision
  • Unexplained weight loss

Ways to get involved:

  • Recruit family, friends, neighbors and coworkers to form a team and participate in the American Diabetes Association’s Step out Walk to Stop Diabetes. You can find local events and register here.
  • Organize a diabetes education day, health fair or screenings, in your office, church or community center and educate those around you on the risks of diabetes.
  • Hang up flyers, or provide education materials throughout your community. It’s a great time to encourage those around you at risk to get tested.
  • Contact your local chapter from the American Diabetes Association to request a guest speaker.
  • Attend a diabetes support group! Even if you do not feel you may need the support, you may be able to help others that are newly diagnosed or struggling to manage their diabetes.
  • Donate any extra diabetes supplies. As we all know, the cost of diabetes itself can be a burden, and many people with type 2 diabetes, may not have extra supplies. However, if you do, consider donating to those in need. Millions of people with diabetes were affected by the recent hurricanes and lost medications and supplies. Consider doing what you can to help others during a time in need. Visit Insulin for Life for more information.
  • Utilize social media to help stay connected to others with diabetes and offer support.
  • Schedule any overdue appointments to manage your diabetes or get updated blood work.

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