In the United States, over 30 million people (one in 10) have diabetes. Also, there are 84 million adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We know that, if uncontrolled, diabetes is one of the biggest causes of disability and death, and can cause health problems such as blindness, nerve damage, and kidney disease. The good news is that people who are at high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk by more than half if they make healthy changes. Examples of healthy changes include eating a nutritious diet, getting more exercise, and losing weight.

Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test

Another way to lower your chance of complications related to diabetes is early detection. Research shows that early detection of diabetes is proven to prevent serious complications. The American Diabetes Association has a free online tool in English and Spanish to give you a better idea of your diabetes risk in just 60 seconds. Click here for the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. If you have any questions, contact Sansum Diabetes Research Institute at 805-335-0309.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. It is a great time to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and to encourage people to make healthy changes. By raising awareness about diabetes, we can work together to help lower the risk of diabetes.


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