Did you know that nearly 24 million people in the US have diabetes? And around 57 million American adults are estimated to have prediabetes — a condition that can lead to full-blown Type II diabetes if it’s not managed properly. In Louisiana alone, over 250,000 folks are diabetic — and over 130,000 of them are between the ages of 45 and 64.
Diabetes can cause heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and blindness. Poor circulation related to diabetes can lead to amputations, especially of the feet and legs. But diabetes doesn’t have to be deadly or debilitating. With proper diet and weight control, adult-onset diabetes can be avoided. And most diabetes can be controlled with lifestyle changes and medication.
November is American Diabetes Month — a time to raise awareness of this potentially debilitating disease, its causes and treatment. Remember that diabetes is treatable and, in many cases, preventable. If you’re concerned about diabetes, or just want to know more about it, you should talk to your doctor. Or you can visit one of the websites listed below.