November is National Diabetes Month, an opportunity for local and regional advocates to team up and work with partners across the United States to raise awareness of the illness.
The campaign hopes to raise awareness of symptoms, promote healthy living and ensure people are aware of risk factors.
One in ten Americans have diabetes. Another 84 million are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However there are small things that those at risk can do to minimise the risk of suffering with type 2.
The national cost of diabetes to the US is $245billion, and while for many this is a condition that is unavoidable, if more people acted upon medical advice and were aware of the risk factors, this cost could be reduced.
As is typical of these campaigns, every years hosts a different focus area. The theme for 2018 focused on health following gestational diabetes. The themes for 2019 & 2020 are not yet confirmed but come back for more information!