November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Let's work together on this growing public health issue, displayed in white letters on a burgundy box

Make healthy changes during Diabetes Month

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death. One in 11 people in the U.S. have diabetes — that’s more than 29 million people. And another 86 million adults are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Wabanaki Public Health is happy to participate in Diabetes Month during November.

In Maine, it is believed that about 120,000 Maine adults are living with diabetes, including an estimated 32,000 who are not diagnosed, according to the Maine Diabetes Prevention & Control Program (August 2011).

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk. To help prevent type 2 diabetes:

  • Watch your weight
  • Eat healthy
  • Get more physical activity

For more information, contact your Wabanaki health center.

Other resources include:

Managing Your Diabetes, from the Maine Diabetes Prevention & Control Program

Living with Diabetes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

It’s Your Life. Treat Your Diabetes Well. from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Diabetes in Older People – A Disease You Can Manage from the National Institute on Aging