November 15th, 2010

diabetes, insulin

Public Service Announcement: American Diabetes Awareness Month

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, and yesterday was World Diabetes Day. So, in the interests of raising a little awareness:

Something like 24 million Americans have diabetes. About 1 in 3 of those people don't even know they have it. Many of them won't be diagnosed until the disease has done irreversible damage to their kidneys, eyes, nerves, or other organs. The tragedy is that this damage could have been prevented if their diabetes was detected and treated early on.

So, if you're at risk for diabetes, please talk to your doctor about getting tested and what you can do to reduce your risk. (Risk factors for Type 1 are kind of complicated. Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include: a family history of diabetes, carrying excess fat in the abdominal area, and getting relatively little physical activity.) If you have any of the symptoms of diabetes, get checked right away.

If you want to learn more about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website, or feel free to ask any questions here.