Diabetes is a serious health condition that is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 29.1 million adults or 9.3% of the US population have this condition. It is estimated that another 86 million adults or one third of the population have high blood sugar levels enough to be diagnosed with pre-diabetes.
These soaring figures emphasize the need for better focus on reducing the burden of this disease in the country. The month of November is designated as “American Diabetes Month (ADM)”, a time set aside to communicate the seriousness of diabetes, to raise more awareness about this growing syndrome and ways to control the same.
Diabetes is a complicated health condition in which the blood glucose levels are above normal. The vision behind this month long celebration is to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding this ever-growing concern and the many people who get affected by the same.
This is a serious health condition that often goes undiagnosed due to slow symptom progression and lack of awareness. The common signs and symptoms associated with diabetes include frequent urination, thirst and/or hunger, fatigue, drastic weight changes, frequent infections, and blurred vision. The risk factors involve obesity, heart disease, kidney failure, stroke and nerve damage.
ADM is a strong platform for Americans to join together and take adequate steps to spread more awareness about diabetes risk factors. The key focus of the campaign include –
- Encourage people to adopt small lifestyle changes (for instance, taking the stairs instead of elevators)
- Communicate to people in the community about the need for regular health checkups
- Motivate physicians and nurses to be leaders in their communities by talking about the importance of healthy eating and regular physical activity
The event will emphasize the need for people to follow a healthy lifestyle involving a balanced diet and healthy eating, regular exercise, medications and blood glucose level monitoring. Often, sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading causes for increased diabetes cases. People need to follow a healthy lifestyle that gives equal importance to normal physical activity and a healthy diet. In order to better manage the frequent prevalence of this syndrome, weight loss programs and preventive health check-ups are highly recommended for people.