Take a Stand Against Diabetes during American Diabetes Month®

By Earl Whipple

Thanksgiving is coming quickly and, with it, a special meal with family and friends.  But this year, I’m re-thinking how I view the Thanksgiving feast.

The American Diabetes Association has designated November as American Diabetes Month, and every November 14th is World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is celebrated every year to engage millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy.

What better time than Diabetes Awareness Month to raise awareness? Diabetes isn’t just a condition; it is a chronic epidemic that affects nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States alone.  There are an additional 57 million Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes¹.

At AstraZeneca we are committed to communicating the seriousness of the disease and stressing the importance of prevention and control. That is one of the reasons why we have partnered with the International Diabetes Foundation on World Diabetes Day. I encourage anyone reading this post to become a fan of World Diabetes Day on Facebook.

Awareness is the first step in fighting type 2 diabetes. So is having a healthy diet and exercising, every day, not just on holidays. This year I’m going to make my Thanksgiving menu healthier. And I’m also going to make sure I get my exercise in over the holidays.

What will you do to help lower your risk for diabetes? And what are your tips on helping to raise Diabetes Awareness? Let us know any resources or programs that help combat diabetes – we’d love to hear from you.

1. http://www.diabetes.org/communityprograms-and-localevents/americandiabetesmonth.