During American Diabetes Month, organizations, health care providers, individuals and communities throughout the United States focus on bringing more attention to diabetes. The goal is to encourage the public to receive regular health checkups, educate others about diabetes, and also support and encourage those who have been diagnosed.
29 million people in the United States have diabetes based on statistics from the American Diabetes Association, with 8.1 million of these people still being undiagnosed. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in our nation.
The long-term hyperglycemia of diabetes can result in organ damage including the kidneys, eyes, blood vessels and heart. Those who have been diagnosed with diabetes have a significantly higher risk of heart disease, vascular disease and stroke than the rest of the population.
With such a large prevalence and millions of people who remain undiagnosed, increased awareness is crucial for combating diabetes and reducing its massive impact on the public health.
Regular checkups and self-management are crucial for combating diabetes.
Those who are 45 years of age or older should be evaluated by their healthcare provider every 3 years at minimum for diabetes. Those with higher risk factors should be evaluated more frequently or starting at a younger age. Diabetes patients must properly self-manage their illness to prevent disease complications and protect their organs from damage.
Let your friends and family know about diabetes to increase awareness.
Join Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan in the fight against diabetes. Share your story about how diabetes has affected you or a loved one, let your friends and family know about diabetes statistics, talk about the importance of prevention and self-care and join us in our Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes events.
Visit the American Diabetes Association to learn more.