GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – Each year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States with one in 10 Americans having the disease and another 84 million adults – that’s one in three – at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
November marks National Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness and encourage healthy living.
“Although there isn’t yet a cure for diabetes, a healthy lifestyle as recommended by your doctor can reduce its impact on your life,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority. “Everyday actions like eating a healthy diet, being physically active and taking prescribed medications help you stay on track.”
This year’s theme is “Everyday Reality.” From what they’ll wear and eat to how they’ll take care of themselves, this year’s theme highlights the day-to-day impact diabetes makes on nearly every decision.
There are three main types of diabetes – type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 1 accounts for roughly 5 percent of all diagnosed cases in adults and can develop at any age. There is no known way to prevent type 1 diabetes.
Roughly 95 percent of adults who have diabetes have type 2, which can often be delayed or prevented with lifestyle changes. Type 2 affects a body’s ability to use insulin well and makes it unable to regulate blood sugar levels.
Risk factors include:
Uncontrolled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other health problems.
“The sooner you find out if you have diabetes, the sooner you can start making health changes that will benefit you now and in the future,” Keiser said.
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing the complications of diabetes. Diabetes can be managed by working with a health professional, eating healthy and staying active.
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The Galveston County Health District (GCHD) is the local public health agency for Galveston County, Texas.
GCHD provides services and programs that protect the everyday health and well-being of Galveston County.
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