Parish Health Corner

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the US. According to the CDC Diabetes statistics report for 2017, cases of diabetes have increased almost 13% over the last 4 years.

  • 30.3 million people have diabetes, which is 9.49 % of the US population.
  • Diabetes impacts all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, affecting approximately 1.5 million people.
  • Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to effectively use its own insulin which is produced by islet cells found in the pancreas. Insulin helps regular blood sugar (glucose) levels providing energy to body cells and tissues.
  • Diabetes can affect any parts of the body and is Associated with serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-limb amputations, among other complications.
  • You can prevent or delay type 2 Diabetes. Stay at a healthy weight, eat well and be active. With these steps you can stay healthier longer and lower your risk of diabetes.