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November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month

Tuesday, 04 November 2008

Most people with diabetes have risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol that can lead to heart disease and stroke. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), when combined with diabetes, these risk factors add up to big trouble. In fact, more than 65 percent of people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. With diabetes, heart attacks occur earlier in life and often result in death. By managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, people with diabetes can reduce their risk.

November is American Diabetes Month and the ADA is asking the American public, “Why should you care about diabetes?” Each week this month, the ADA provides opportunities both nationally and locally to raise awareness about diabetes and its serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness.

In addition, November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Introduced in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the observance was created in response to the alarming rise in diabetes around the world. The United Nations passed the World Diabetes Day Resolution in December 2006, which made the existing World Diabetes Day an official United Nations World Health Day. The Resolution invites supporters to fight the diabetes epidemic through public awareness and the development of policies for the prevention, treatment, and care of the disease. The theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Diabetes in Children and Adolescents.”

Learn more about diabetes, including tips for preventing and controlling the disease, from the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program. Find out more about National Diabetes Month at www.diabetes.org. For more information on World Diabetes Day, visit www.worlddiabetesday.org.

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