Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | November 28, 2012

Diabetes Awareness

Along with increasing issues of heart disease and obesity, our nation is seeing a significant increase in individuals with diabetes. Diabetes can lead to a variety of health complications, and many people can be pre-diabetic without even realizing it. According to the website for the American Diabetes Association®, nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 79 million are pre-diabetic. It is also important to realize that this disease is not simply a weight-related issue, as there are a number of risk factors associated with diabetes. Depending on the type of diabetes, certain factors may play more of a role than others. Influential factors can include genetics, diet, weight, physical activity level, age, ethnicity, and other aspects.

Between Type 1 and 2, Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease. Even though individuals with pre-diabetes have a high likelihood of developing Type 2 Diabetes, there are important lifestyle changes that can be made to avoid developing this disease. Physical activity and a healthy diet are invaluable components to preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, and there are many resources available to help. Peruse a prior post from Wyoming AgrAbility for more information on diabetes at https://wyomingagrability.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/diabetes-awareness/, and check out the resources below. In honor of American Diabetes Month®, educate yourself and others about diabetes!

Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Resources

  • The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a partnership of the CDC and National Institutes of Health. Access this resource hub at:  http://ndep.nih.gov/.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-American Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/american-diabetes-month/.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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