November is National Diabetes Month Reduce Your Risk

The NIDDKD says that more than 30 million people have diabetes.

Amanda Cooper
November 18, 2019 - 1:57 pm

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November is National Diabetes Month, Dr. Griffin Rodgers M.D., M.A.C.P, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, says more than 30 million people have diabetes. That means roughly 1 out of every 10 persons are more likely to develop heart disease, have a heart attack, or stroke. In the African American community, studies show that blacks are 60% more common to be diagnosed with diabetes, 2.5 times more likely to suffer a limb amputation, and up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease, heart disease or stroke than any other racial group with diabetes.

These statistics are alarming, and Dr. Rodgers spoke with me about the numbers. 

Fortunately, there are tools to reduce these risks.  In honor of National Diabetes Month this November, the NIDDK encourages people to learn the ABC’S of diabetes care:

A is for the A1C test, which measures average blood glucose over the past 3 months.

B is for blood pressure.

C is for cholesterol.

S is for stop smoking.

To learn more, visit https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes