November is Diabetes Awareness Month; a time to increase awareness of an issue that affects 1 in 11 Americans. If you do not have diabetes, it can be easy to think this month does not apply to you. However, every 21 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, and half of those living with pre-diabetes right now are unaware that they are at risk.1
Early detection is crucial for your health, so today we are going to look at what warning signs you should be on the lookout for in yourself and your loved ones, as well as what 3 simple habits can be adopted this month to decrease your risk.
Symptoms of diabetes can range dramatically. Knowing what to look for can help with early detection. Here are a few of the top symptoms to watch for:2
Small changes can often lead to big results. Here are 3 healthy habits to start this Diabetes Awareness Month.
In the spirit of National Diabetes Month, spread the word – please share what you have learned with those you love.
Sarah Johnson MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian with a strong passion for helping people discover the healing power of food.
Today’s world offers more nutrition information at our fingertips than ever before. However, when it comes to nutrition, there is no one size fits all solution leading many to feel exhausted by years of “trial & error”. Sarah’s mission is to help people weed through the noise and to educate and empower them on simple ways food can help them regain their energy for life. She believes your body was designed to work well; you simply need the tools to get it back on track.
Sarah graduated from the College of St. Benedict with a B.A. in Dietetics and went on to receive an M.S. in Human Nutritional Science from the University of Wisconsin Stout where she focused on using nutrition to help those living with multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases.
Sarah lives in Mahtomedi with her husband and 3 children and loves the access to nature Minnesota living provides all year round.
1November is National Diabetes Awareness Month – UAB Medicine News. November is
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2Type 1 diabetes – symptoms. Type 1 Diabetes – Symptoms | ADA. (n.d.). Retrieved November 1, 2021, from https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/type-1/symptoms.
3Chandalia, M., Garg, A., Lutjohann, D., von Bergmann, K., Grundy, S. M., & Brinkley, L. J. (2000). Beneficial effects of high dietary fiber intake in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(19), 1392–1398. https://doi.org/10.1056/nejm200005113421903
4Colberg, S. R., Sigal, R. J., Fernhall, B., Regensteiner, J. G., Blissmer, B. J., Rubin, R. R.,
Chasan-Taber, L., Albright, A. L., & Braun, B. (2010). Exercise and type 2 diabetes: The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association: Joint Position statement. Diabetes Care, 33(12). https://doi.org/10.2337/dc10-9990
5Urge surfing: A distress tolerance skill. Columbus Park. (2016, July 6). Retrieved November 2, 2021, from https://columbuspark.com/2016/07/06/urge-surfing-a-distress-tolerance-skill/.