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November Is American Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetes is a chronic disease characterized by high blood glucose levels that come from the body's inability to produce or use insulin. The three different types of diabetes — type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes — together are estimated to affect over 25 million adult Americans.

Since only about 10 percent of people with the disease have type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes occurs only during pregnancy, type 2 is by far the most common.

Who's At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

According to, a person inherits a predisposition to diabetes, and then something in the environment triggers it. Some of these risks of diabetes include:

  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Low HDL cholesterol or high triglyceride levels, and high blood pressure
  • Other family members with diabetes, especially parents, siblings and children
  • A history of gestational diabetes, or delivering a baby weighing nine pounds or more at birth

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Although a person can't control things such as family history or aging, which also increase your risk of being diagnosed with diabetes, there are multiple preventive measures one can take.

"Factors that you can control include maintaining a healthy diet, a healthy weight and getting regular exercise," says Renee Amori, MD, of Drexel Endocrinology.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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