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American Diabetes Month
November brings awareness to the epidemic diabetes has become with American Diabetes Month. According to recent statistics, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, another 79 million have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and the estimated total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
If not managed properly, diabetes can have serious, life-threatening effects on your health. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, leg and foot amputations, and kidney disease, as well as the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
If you have diabetes or are concerned you are at risk, seek advice from your healthcare team, including a registered dietitian. A registered dietitian will work with you to create a healthful eating plan tailored to your needs.
If you've been diagnosed, the necessary changes for your health – from exchange lists, plate method and carbohydrate counting to physical activity and weight management – can sound confusing. An RD can translate the sometimes confusing information into actionable items, and offer simple solutions and support for a healthier life. An RD can even offer specific advice on shopping, label reading and eating out.
For more information, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Disease Management and Prevention section.
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