National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month - and also Diabetic Eye Disease Month.

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

What are the 3 types of Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin. In type 2 diabetes — the most common type, which has increased along with the obesity epidemic — the body does not make or use insulin well. A third type, gestational diabetes, occurs in some women during pregnancy. Though it usually goes away after the birth, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented, and both types 1 and 2 diabetes can be managed to prevent complications.

Diabetes can lead to severe complications such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage, and amputation among others, and it’s a significant risk factor for developing glaucoma.
People with diabetes are more susceptible to many other illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza and are more likely to die from these than people who do not have diabetes.
Among U.S.residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million (or 26.9%) had diabetes in 2010.
Currently, 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from diabetic eye disease.
Education and early detection are major components to combating this disease.
What Can You Do?
Learn more to recognize diabetic symptoms and support research for cures and treatment.
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Remember, too - World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14:

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