November is Diabetes Awareness Month
One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people. And another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The good news? People who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they make healthy changes. Examples of healthy changes include eating healthy, getting more physical activity, and losing weight.
How can American Diabetes Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage people to make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Talk to people in your community about getting regular checkups. They can get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked – and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
- Ask doctors and nurses to be leaders in their communities by speaking about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Links toPersonal Health Tools
- Adult BMI Calculator
- Daily Food and Activity Diary
- Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test
- Heart-Healthy Foods: Shopping list
- Losing Weight: Conversation starters
- Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Questions for the doctor
- MyPlate Plan
Find More About What You Can Do To Fight Diabetes.