November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so now is the perfect time to educate yourself about the disease and learn what you can do to prevent type 2 diabetes or its complications.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), you’re more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight or obese. In the U.S., Black adults are nearly twice as likely as White adults to develop type 2 diabetes. This racial disparity has been rising over the last 30 years.

A recent study found that biological risk factors—including weight and fat around the abdomen—are primarily responsible for higher rates of diabetes for Black Americans compared with White Americans. The study also suggests that making positive changes in known risk factors, like losing excess weight, can help reduce the racial health disparity for developing diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association also advises that even small steps to change your lifestyle can make a big impact on your health. Consider following their S.M.A.R.T. goals action plan to see how it can help prevent or manage your diabetes.

http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/lower-your-risk/small-steps.html

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/factors-contributing-higher-incidence-diabetes-black-americans

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