November is observed as American Diabetes Month (ADM) with the objective of raising awareness about diabetes among people in the U.S. The campaign offers a great opportunity to educate Americans about the complications of diabetes and its risk factors, and encourage them to make lifestyle changes to prevent/manage the condition.
Diabetes, a serious health condition in which the blood glucose levels are above normal, is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. The common signs and symptoms associated with this condition include frequent urination, thirst and/or hunger, fatigue, drastic weight changes, frequent infections, and blurred vision. The risk factors involve obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, blurred vision, kidney failure, nerve damage, amputation of the feet or legs, cholesterol and premature death.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), over 30 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, which is nearly 10 percent of the population. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing type2 diabetes. If the current trend continues, an estimated 1 in 3 American adults will be affected by this chronic disease by the end of 2050. These statistics clearly indicate the significance of observing Diabetes Month to spread awareness about the condition.
The theme for American Diabetes Month 2015 is “Eat Well, America!” with the message that eating well is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and enjoying delicious, healthy food helps with diabetes management. As part of the campaign, each week, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) shares nutritious recipes selected by noted chefs and cookbook authors for every meal of the day, including snacks and special occasion treats. In addition, the ADA provides tips on how to choose, prepare, serve and eat healthy food and make healthy eating an integral part of your routine life.
The key focus of this month-long campaign is to:
- Motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyle changes that give equal importance to normal physical activity and a healthy diet.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Communicate the need for preventive health checkups and blood glucose level monitoring.
Participate in American Diabetes Month by helping the ADA achieve its goal of preventing and curing diabetes and improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.