November is American Diabetes Month
This month, we are highlighting one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States – Diabetes. More than 37 million Americans have diabetes, which is about 1 in 10 people living in the United States. It is the 8th leading cause of death and the primary cause of kidney failure, lower limb amputations and blindness.
The purpose of American Diabetes month is to inform people who are living with diabetes, as well as those at risk of developing it, that there are options available to protect their health. Continue reading to learn more about two types of diabetes and common treatment methods.
Type 1 diabetes is less common —about 5-10% of people with diabetes have type 1. Currently, it is unknown how to prevent type 1 diabetes, but it can be treated successfully by:
- Following your doctor’s recommendations for living a healthy lifestyle.
- Managing your blood sugar.
- Getting regular health checkups.
- Getting diabetes self-management education and support
Type 2 diabetes—the most common form of diabetes—is caused by several factors, including lifestyle factors and genes. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by losing a small amount of weight, developing a healthy eating plan, and regular physical activity. Treatment for type 2 diabetes may include:
- A prescription for insulin or oral diabetes medicines to help manage blood sugar
- Regular blood sugar screening
- Regular physical activity
- Healthy eating
- Regular appointments with healthcare providers
Throughout the year, the Southern Nevada Health District’s Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers free resources, diabetes self-management classes, and a six-session Road to Diabetes Prevention program. Programs and resources are free and available in English and Spanish. They can be accessed on the Get Healthy Clark County and Viva Saludable websites.