Over 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2018, with more than 7 million going undiagnosed. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and unfortunately these statistics are most likely underreported. In the last 20 years, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and we’re taking this opportunity to spread awareness about this widespread problem we’re facing in the United States.

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body processes food and turns it into energy. This energy, in the form of glucose, is released into the bloodstream. Your pancreas reacts to glucose, producing and releasing insulin to help your cells use the glucose as fuel. For some people, their bodies either doesn’t make enough insulin or cannot use the insulin properly. When the body cannot absorb the glucose in your bloodstream, it spikes. In turn, this causes a wide variety of issues including heart disease, vision changes or total vision loss, and kidney disease. While there is no cure for diabetes, there aDiabre preventative measures you can take to stay healthy all year long.

Like most health conditions, there are preventative measures that we can take to minimize our risk of disease. Maintaining a healthy diet and consistent exercise are key to reducing the risk for contracting diabetes as well as a wide variety of other ailments. People who are overweight are at greater risk and losing some extra weight can significantly reduce the possibility of diabetes. Consistent exercise helps to stimulate the circulatory system, reducing blood sugar levels. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals like leafy greens, fruits, legumes, and whole grains can help to stabilize your blood sugar and avoid spikes.

At Roger’s Family Pharmacy, we know that prevention is key to maintaining overall health and wellness. While we do not offer diabetes screenings, we do stock diabetes testing supplies. We encourage you to talk with your primary care physician about your options and what works best with your schedule. Click [here] to visit the Centers for Disease Control & Preventions’ website for more information regarding diabetes. You may also consult your local pharmacist at Roger’s Family Pharmacy at (601) 582-8351 for additional information.