Statistics from the Diabetes Institute Foundation reveal that 30.3 million people, or 9.4% of the U.S. population, have diabetes. This disease impacts all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds. November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is celebrated globally on November 14 to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as those without diabetes. This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage the blood vessels and the nerves that control the heart. Developing or maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, such as developing a better diet, becoming more physically active, and learning ways to manage stress, can help prevent or better manage diabetes. For more information about diabetes and its prevention and treatment, please go to https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes or https://www.diabetesresearch.org/diabetes-statistics.
Come and see a display of the library's many resources on diabetes at the Al Harris Library! You can check out a book and learn more about this disease that affects so many Americans.