National Diabetes Awareness Month

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 30.3 million Americans (or 9.4 percent of the population) had Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in 2015. Both types affect how the body uses or produces insulin. In Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which often requires insulin therapy. In Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, blood sugar is not at normal levels.Diabetes increases the risk of other serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure. In the United States, more than 1 in 3 people have prediabetes, where blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes.2

Staying active is one of the best ways to manage prediabetes and prevent diabetes. It is suggested that people get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week.3 Walking in urban parks and local green spaces is a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 
 Credit: Sheryl Chan from the Delaware Forest Service.