Get Ahead of Diabetes

Diabetes Steward Health Care

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and November 14 is World Diabetes Day—a time to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on our families, friends, patients and community.

Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

There are approximately 463 million people in the world living with diabetes and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in their 2020 statistics report, 34.2 million U.S. adults had diabetes and one in five didn’t even know they had the disease. An alarming 88 million adults had prediabetes and 84 percent were unaware that they had the condition.

So, what can you do?

You can start by being proactive and get screened for diabetes when you visit your primary care provider. It is important to stay active, eat a healthy diet and reduce stress. If you already have diabetes or prediabetes, know that there are many resources you can use to help manage this chronic condition.

“As a certified diabetes educator, my goal is to be a support and resource to anyone who has diabetes or prediabetes to help and teach them how to manage diabetes and live healthy lives,” said Sheicia Paul, RN, BSN, CDE, a Steward Health Care diabetes nurse.

*Source: World Health Organization, www.who.int
*Source: International Diabetes Federation, www.idf.org

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