November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States; causing blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems if it’s not controlled.

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 by more than half if they make a few healthy changes.

Raising Awareness 

  1. Partner with other health professionals to host a Diabetes Prevention and Education Party. Such professionals may include physical therapists, podiatrists, registered dietitian nutritionists, certified diabetes educators, optometrists, ophthalmologists, dentists, and dental hygienists.
  2. Reach out to local churches and community groups. Offer to give a presentation at their next event.
  3. Include healthy Thanksgiving recipes in your next newsletter or website along with quick tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes.
  4. Post tips on type 2 diabetes prevention in your pharmacy.
  5. Lead by example and encourage patients and staff to join you.  Organize before and after hour walks or invite local gyms or trainers to showcase their fitness classes and programs.