November wellness focus: American Diabetes Month. 1 in 11 Americans today has diabetes. Despite its prevalence, diabetes is an invisible disease. It affects men and women, people young and old, and people of all races, shapes and sizes. Often there are no outward signs from the 29 million Americans who fight this chronic illness every day. That’s why there is a critical need to foster awareness and education while breaking down stereotypes, myths and misunderstandings about this growing public health crisis that affects so many of us.


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

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. Find out your risk by taking the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.

To help prevent type 2 diabetes:

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

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Here are some other health observances in November:

Key Dates

2 – National Eating Healthy Day

14 – World Diabetes Day

14-20 – Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

16-22 – Don’t Text & Drive

17 – Take a Hike Day

17 – Great American Smokeout

19 – International Survivors of Suicide Day

20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

24 – Thanksgiving

24 – National Family Health History Day


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