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November is American Diabetes Month

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. One in 12 Americans has diabetes - that's more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news? 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, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

Tips for making healthy choices:

  • Make small changes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Get regular checkups, and get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked.
  • Eat healthy meals, watch your weight, and get out and be active.

Know your risk for diabetes and see if it could be a part of your story. Everyone has a story complete with the heritage we're given and choices that we make. Most people's story likely includes themselves, or a family member, or a friend dealing with the burden of diabetes. Is diabetes part of your story?