November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the American Diabetes Association is ready to take the disease by the lapels and give it a shake. Their goal is to stop diabetes by raising awareness and conducting ongoing research that can help those who have been diagnosed with either type I or type II diabetes. While type I is most often diagnosed in younger children and is irreversible, type II diabetes is commonly found in older people and can usually be controlled with diet & lifestyle changes.
What is Diabetes?
Often called having the “sugar”, diabetes mellitus is a disease that causes the body to either stop producing insulin altogether (type I) or reject what little insulin it does produce (type II). Insulin, a hormone produced in a healthy pancreas, is needed to allow energy from food to enter our body’s cells & ensure healthy functioning. People with diabetes exhibit tell-tale signs when they are lacking insulin and the ADA encourages you to recognize these and seek treatment as early as possible. The most common signs include:
What Can I Do?
There are many ways to reduce your risk of getting diabetes or suffering negative symptoms; eating healthy is one way. America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes® is designed to inspire all Americans to cook healthy foods that also taste good and increase their physical activity. Every week, the ADA will share recipes and helpful tips to get you and your family healthier & keep blood sugar in check. One way you can start this journey is to join or start a walking team for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes in your area.
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