Diabetes in the United States
November Is National Diabetes Month
Will diabetes affect you or a loved one? Now is the time to take charge.
Take Charge of Your Diabetes
About 26 million people are living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk for diabetes. These staggering numbers mean that 105 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, take time during November to go over a daily care plan as well as a care plan during an illness or emergency. Small changes can make a big difference in preventing health challenges today and in the future.
Take Charge to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
You can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes by losing 5% to 7% of your body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person, and by making simple lifestyle changes, such as getting 150 minutes of physical activity a week and eating a balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. Are you at risk for prediabetes? Answer a few questions to find out your risk level. If you are at risk, take time to talk to your health care provider about lifestyle changes you can make to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Find out if a class through the National Diabetes Prevention Program is offered in your community.
Don’t forget to get your flu and pneumonia shots! For more information, visit the Diabetes Public Health Resources or National Diabetes Education Program.
CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation will be releasing new publications, tools, and resources throughout November. Sign up to receive notifications.
- MMWR article and podcast. Trends in diabetes death rates among youth less than 10 years and 10 to 19 years in the United States, 1968–2009.
- MMWR article. Increasing Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes—United States and Puerto Rico, 1995–2010.
- One and Only Campaign.—People with diabetes may be exposed to blood borne viruses (HBV, hepatitis C, and HIV) through contaminated equipment. Insulin pens and similar devices for delivery of diabetes medications are meant for only one person and should never by shared.
- National CKD Surveillance System. CDC’s Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative announces the launch of its new Web site. Adults with diabetes or hypertension are at an increased risk of developing CKD.
- New poster, buttons, badges and e-card. These are available to download, free resources to help spread the word about the importance of diabetes prevention and control.
- Social media messages. Facebook and Twitter posts will be disseminated by CDC throughout the month. Consider reposting or re-tweeting these messages to help spread the word.
- National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 [PDF–2.66MB]. View the latest U.S. diabetes statistics and figures.
- National Diabetes Prevention Program. Find a program in your community.
- National Diabetes Education Program. Free educational resources on diabetes prevention and control.
- PowerPoint slides on diabetes. View or download diabetes and obesity maps and graphs.
- Data and Statistics. Find the diabetes, obesity and physical inactivity levels for your county.
- Videos. A Change for Life and Blood, Sugar and Fears.
- Tips for managing your diabetes through an environmental disasters, power outage, and flu season.
- Taking Control
- Diabetes Detection
- Get Real about Diabetes Prevention
- Eat your Fruits and Veggies
- Take a Walk
- Keep your Kids Moving
Start the conversation about diabetes prevention and control with your family and community. Take Charge!