November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Nov. 9. 2023

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 37 million Americans live with diabetes and 86 million with prediabetes, a health condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes. In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, El Paso County Public Health is providing some simple tips to help you understand, prevent, or manage diabetes easily. 

  1. Know your risk. Even though many diabetic risk factors cannot be prevented, such as family history, age, race, or ethnicity, some risk factors can be reduced or avoided if a person maintains a healthy weight and is physically active. 
  1. If diagnosed with diabetes, learning how to manage your diabetes may help prevent further health setbacks related to diabetes. To get started on managing your diabetes, simply remember your ABCs.   
  • A is for A1C. A1C is a test that health care professionals use to measure your average blood glucose levels.  
  • B is for blood pressure. 
  • C is for cholesterol.  
  • Keeping your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol at healthy levels helps prevent the long-term harmful effects of diabetes. Examples of negative long-term effects include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, and eye disease. 
  1. Work closely with your doctor on how to manage your diabetes.  

If you are not diagnosed with diabetes but are experiencing any of the following symptoms, ask your health care provider about getting your blood sugar tested:   

  • Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night.  
  • Are very thirsty.  
  • Lose weight without trying.  
  • Have blurry vision.  
  • Have numb or tingling hands or feet.  
  • Feel very tired.  
  • Have very dry skin.  

Being proactive and taking charge of your health may help prevent diabetes or lessen the effects of diabetic health-related problems.