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November is American Diabetes Month

There are about twenty-six million American adults and children that have been diagnosed with diabetes.? The American Center for Disease Control believes that by 2050 1 in 3 people in the United States will have some form of diabetes if things do not change. These are rather daunting estimates and the American Diabetes Association wants to increase awareness of the disease during November, American Diabetes Month.

This effort coincides with World Diabetes day which is November 14. The public can get involved by taking the pledge and raise your hand to stop diabetes on Facebook. You can also attend local events sponsored by the Association or donate time or money to this fight. There is also another way to join in the fight against diabetes – monitor your own diet and exercise habits and those of your loved ones.

The need for proper diet and exercise is imperative because obesity can contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the inability of your body breaking down your food correctly for the energy you need. The diabetic has to be careful to make sure their diet does not exacerbate their symptoms or counteract the medication that is prescribed for the disease.

Older Americans with the diseases can also be more susceptible to cognitive impairment which further complicates the matter of eating properly and taking medication on time. An older person with diabetes should strongly consider a home health aide in meal planning and medicine management.? Hiring a senior care professional can help prevent dire health problems because of mistakes that can be made in these areas.

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