Diabetes Awareness

The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently released the latest National Diabetes Statistics Report.  In United States, there are 29.1 million people with diabetes. However, 27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed. Why does this happen?   The reason is that people who have prediabetes do not have any significant symptoms.  It is recommended that people over 45 years old or have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25 should have their blood sugar tested to detect diabetes early.  Simply making lifestyle changes including more exercise or reducing weight is helpful in preventing prediabetes from getting worse.
In general, there are three major types of diabetes, Diabetes 1 and Diabetes 2 as well as Gestational diabetes. Treatment of diabetes varies depending on what type it is.  Some people prefer to adopt alternative medicine, however, consultation with a physician is strongly recommended.  If you want to learn more about diabetes, you can check American Diabetes Association or NIH (National Institute of Health).
Our library has several resources on diabetes including the Staywell knowledgebase health database, and several eBooks.
Some recommended print titles are Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Mayo Clinic, the Essential Diabetes Book, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Diabetes: For Patients and Families and Dealing With Diabetes Burnout.  You can browse our catalog at www.sccl.org to find more.
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