By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
November 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in twelve Americans has diabetes? That’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why is this awareness important? Because diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.
The good news is people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. These changes include: eating healthy, reducing sugar intake, increasing physical activity, and losing weight. Let’s use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes. Starting off small, like exercising and eating properly. Get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked, and ask the doctor about their diabetes risk.
For more information on diabetes awareness visit: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/