November is Diabetes Awareness Month
According to the CDC, more than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
This year, more than ever, we want to raise awareness through education about the diabetes epidemic. Recent CDC data concluded that COVID-19 patients with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, were six times more likely to be hospitalized and twelve times likelier to die.
The American Diabetes Association’s campaign this year is We Stand Greater Than. The American Diabetes Association is committed to helping communities respond to diabetes and coronavirus and has provided some valuable tips:
- Be Prepared! Gather your doctors and healthcare teams phone numbers, make a list of medications and get extra refills on your prescriptions if possible so you do not have to leave the house, always have enough insulin for the week ahead, in case you get sick or cannot refill
- Take Precautions! Wash your hands with soap and water, disinfect commonly touched surfaces, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places, avoid crowds especially indoors, and avoid non-essential travel.
- Get Involved! The American Diabetes Association is hosting special events through November! Check out the calendar here.