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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month


November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, and it's an ideal time for you to to get a game plan together so you can make healthy choices and prepare for the future. You have important reasons to stay healthy: your family, work and your favorite hobbies.

To find out if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, take the online Prediabetes Risk Test.

If you have prediabetes you can make healthy changes and prevent type 2 diabetes. Alabama Department of Public Health can help you come up with a game plan to make healthy changes by joining a Lifestyle Change Program. Watch this video and take a sneek peak into the Lifestyle Change Program. Visit Alabama Chronic Disease Resources Directory for a list of places that offer Lifestyle Change Programs in your area.

Do you have diabetes? Do you want to improve your blood sugar levels and keep your blood pressure on target? Then Diabetes Self Management Education and Support (DSMES) can help. Like many people living with diabetes, you may find managing diabetes is difficult. That’s where having a game plan with a coach can help by working with you to design a specific plan that includes the tools and support you need to thrive. Diabetes education helps people lower their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Visit Alabama Chronic Disease Resources Directory for a list of places that offer DSMES.

Like everyone, people living with diabetes can get sick even when trying their best to prevent it. So being prepared and knowing what to do if you get sick is very important. The Centers for Disease Control has a list of several things you can do now, but also talk to your doctor about the best way to handle being sick if it happens.

People living with diabetes can have an eye disease such as diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. See your ophthalmologist regularly for dilated eye exams. The American Academy of Ophthalmology has information about detection and treatment of diabetic eye disease.

diabetesfeet.jpgFoot problems are common in people with diabetes. You might be afraid you’ll lose a toe, foot, or leg to diabetes, or know someone who has, but you can lower your chances of having diabetes-related foot problems by taking care of your feet every day. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has some useful tips to avoid foot problems.

Have you gotten your flu shot? People living with diabetes (type 1 and 2) are at high risk of serious flu complications. The CDC recommends that people with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, who are 6 months and older, get a flu vaccine.

2020 Diabetes Statistics Report

The CDC/Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) has released the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, which provides the state of diabetes in the United States through analyses of the most recent health data on diabetes and related complications.

Main Findings

Read the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2020 here.


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Page last updated: May 30, 2024