Raise awareness this month on diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month.


This month we turn our attention to a serious epidemic facing this country. We have provided some helpful information on diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 29 million people in the U.S. live with diabetes and 86 million have prediabetes—a condition that puts someone at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

About 90% of those with prediabetes don’t know they have it. The CDC recommends that individuals who meet any of the following clinical risk factors should be screened for prediabetes.

  • Overweight
  • Aged 45+
  • Family history of diabetes
  • Physically inactive (exercise less than 3 times per week)
  • Diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • Gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

We encourage those who have these risk factors to see their doctor. If diagnosed with prediabetes early, it can be managed, and even in some instances, reversed by staying physically active and eating a balanced diet.

Sharp HealthCare offers a Diabetes Education Program to help those with Type 1, Type 2 or gestational diabetes manage care. Sharp Health Plan also offers a diabetes and hypertension preventive care checklist to help you catch the condition before it becomes serious.