During National Diabetes Month, Conemaugh Health Systems wants to educate people on the signs and symptoms of diabetes and pre-diabetes. According to the CDC, over 30 million Americans have diabetes and 84 million have pre-diabetes. People over 45 years old who are overweight and have high blood pressure are at the greatest risk for the disease. A family history of diabetes and being a low activity individual are also risk factors. One of the most important things a person can do to prevent diabetes is to follow a nutritious and well-balanced meal program. A dietitian trained in diabetes prevention and management can be helpful with education and meal planning.
- More than thirty million U.S. citizens have what is considered the seventh leading cause of death in the country, that is diabetes.
- World Diabetes Day, which is November 14, falls during National Diabetes Month.
- A necessary conundrum for the diabetic to solve is the fact that carbs, while a vital nutrient, also raise blood sugar. The key is the sort of carbs consumed.
“Education for diabetes patients includes understanding healthy and unhealthy food options, meal planning, reading food labels, tips for grocery shopping, the best options when eating out and how to make the foods they enjoy fit into their daily meal plan.”