What is it? November is National Diabetes Month. Here’s to managing your diabetes for a longer, healthier life.
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the impact of diabetes on your life. What you do every day makes the difference: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, taking medicines if prescribed, and keeping health care appointments to stay on track.
Why the observance? More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, but 1 out of 4 of them don’t know they have it. At least 1 out of 3 people will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes.
How can I be involved? This year, the theme of National Diabetes Awareness Month is “You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team”. Remind people with diabetes that they are the most important member of their diabetes care team, and that they should seek support from health care professionals, family, friends, and their community to successfully manage their diabetes. See the resources below for information on events you can participate in this November to help spread awareness.
To learn more about National Diabetes Awareness Month, check out the following resources:
Host or Participate in an Event (IDF)
The International Diabetes Federation has a plethora of events listed across the world. Check out this site for ones near you!