November is National Diabetes Month
National Diabetes Month, observed each year in November, is a time for communities across the country – and the world – to shine a spotlight on diabetes and encourage action to change the way diabetes is treated. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, and another 79 million adults in the United States have prediabetes, a condition that increases their chances of developing type 2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed or untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and even death. With early diagnosis and treatment, people with diabetes may prevent the development of these health problems.
MedlinePlus and the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) offer resources to help you make healthy lifestyle changes as a family as well as resources that can be used in community settings that are a part of the extended family, such as schools, businesses, and the health care community, among others.