November Is Diabetes Awareness Month
November is National Diabetes Month; however, for almost a half-million Oklahomans, every day is diabetes day. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association, over 451,000 Oklahomans have diabetes and more than a million are pre-diabetic.
Diabetes is a disease that tends to complicate other health issues. For example, not only are diabetics almost twice as likely to die from stroke or heart diseases than those without diabetes, but they are at a higher risk for kidney disease, high blood pressure, skin ailments and vision problems. In particular, take good care of your feet, checking them daily for sores or cuts as complications from diabetes can contribute to dangerous infections.
The percentage of Oklahomans with diabetes has grown significantly in recent years, climbing from 2.9 percent in 1996 to an estimated 14.3 percent today. As our state continues this negative trend, it’s important that we all recognize the causes of this serious disease as well as take steps to prevent and control diabetes.
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