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November Spotlight on Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States: 26 million American children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and 79 million have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Although diabetes is common, you—like many—may be unaware of the symptoms and causes, as well as the ways you can prevent diabetes from affecting you. Read what the CDC has to say about diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, prediabetes occurs when your blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be considered diabetes.

Signs of diabetes

  • being very thirsty
  • urinating often
  • feeling very hungry or tired
  • losing weight without trying
  • having sores that heal slowly
  • having dry, itchy skin
  • losing the feeling in your feet or having tingling in your feet
  • having blurry eyesight  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a number of resources and programs to help manage and prevent diabetes. 

Advice for a healthy lifestyle

Whether or not you have a family history or are predisposed to diabetes, follow these great guidelines for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Eat right.
  • Exercise the mind and body.
  • Get enough sleep.

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Live, Learn and Love Good Health. Your Wellbeing Advisory Council.