As one of the leading causes of death, keep Diabetes in check

By Keller’s Population Health Nurse Primary Care Dept.

November 12th, 2015 | Community Leisure, Keller Corner

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 11 Americans have diabetes—that’s more than 29 million people. Another 86 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

People with diabetes are nearly two times more likely to die from heart disease or stroke than a person without diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African-American community faces today.

Compared to the general population, African-Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes. Visit www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/awareness-programs/african-american-programs/#sthash.UBhOkiaN.dpuf to learn more.

To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Keller Army Community Hospital is proudly participating in American Diabetes Month. Locally, as of 2009, 6.9 percent of the adult population in Orange County live with or are at risk of diabetes.

American Diabetes Month® is the vision of the American Diabetes Association to help people live free of diabetes and all its burdens.

Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association.

American Diabetes Month® is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Visit www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/american-diabetes-month.html#sthash.zwcrC8VD.dpuf to learn more.

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes you should:

• Watch your weight;

• Eat healthy;

• Get more physically active.

For more details, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/DiabetesMonth2015. Make an appointment at 845-938-7992 to see your Primary Care Manager.