November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects more than 44 million Americans every day. The CDC states that more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes—88 million people—but most people don’t know they have it.
Diabetes leads to excess sugar in your blood. Blood sugar levels are high because your body does not create enough insulin. Insulin is what releases blood sugar into your cells. Simply put, diabetes affects how your body turns food into energy. While there is no cure for diabetes, there are ways you can help prevent or manage this disease.
By living an overall healthier lifestyle, you can prevent diabetes. Living a healthy lifestyle means making smarter food choices, being active, and not smoking. Drink plenty of water and make sure to include vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates with each meal. Avoid consuming sugary foods. These simple daily changes can make a big difference in your overall health.
To learn more about diabetes and how you can help end this disease, visit https://diabetes.org/bigstepup.