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Mark American Diabetes Month By Making Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Almost 27 percent of American adults older than age 65 have diabetes. It’s a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that’s needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into energy for daily life. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.

You can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Celebrate American Diabetes Month by learning more about the risk factors that you can modify: high blood glucose, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, and physical inactivity. A few changes, such as eating healthier, stopping smoking, and being more active, can have a positive impact on your health.

Learn more about diabetes prevention at the National Diabetes Education Program.

Additional resources on diabetes can be found at the following websites:

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