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National Diabetes Awareness Month -- November 1996

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. In the United States, approximately half of the estimated 16 million persons with diabetes are believed to be aware of their condition. This month, efforts will emphasize preventing severe long-term complications of diabetes (i.e., blindness, amputations, heart disease, renal disease, and premature death).

Each year, approximately 625,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed (1). Some persons without diabetes can reduce their risk for developing the disease or delay its onset through appropriate levels of physical activity (2). Persons initiating new exercise regimens should do so gradually after seeking guidance from their health-care provider.

Additional information about diabetes is available from diabetes-control programs in state and territorial health departments and from the Diabetes Home Page on the CDC Home Page on the World Wide Web (


  1. The National Diabetes Data Group, National Institutes of Health. Diabetes in America. 2nd ed. Bethesda, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, 1995; DHHS publication no. (NIH)95-1468.

  2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Physical activity and health: a report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1996.

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