What’s the first step to create any kind of change? Awareness. What makes awareness even more powerful? Education.
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and an excellent time to inform your community about the risks and symptoms that affect many Americans today.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2017 that more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Last we checked, that’s roughly one third of the population of the United States. What’s even more shocking is of those diagnosed with diabetes each year, only 1 in 4 were aware they had an insulin issue. Most diagnoses aren’t made until someone’s admitted to the hospital.
This shows that it’s now the time to reach out to your community. Communication about symptoms helps to educate those with diabetes about their condition. Some of these symptoms include simple living encounters such as urinating often, feeling very thirsty, or blurry vision. Offers tips on how to prevent the disease and encourage proactive actions to a majority who may not be aware they could be pre-diabetic.
One of the best ways to raise awareness is with our Diabetes Health Assessment. The short assessment can be completed in under 4 minutes and offers people in your community a complete report which indicates their risk for developing diabetes along with factors that contribute to their risk. Take charge to educate your community so they can be driven to take next steps. If knowledge is power, then knowing the risk for diabetes empowers users to make small changes for big positive effects.