Whitesburg KY

Health Department brings awareness about diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 12 Americans has diabetes — that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, Kentucky River District Health Department is participating in American Diabetes Month. Locally, 17.6 percent of Letcher Countians live with diabetes.

If you are overweight, have high blood pressure, or are age 45 or older, you are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Making healthy changes can greatly lower your risk.

To help prevent type 2 diabetes:

1. Watch your weight

2. Eat healthy

3. Get more active

For more information about diabetes education, call Ashley Harkins, RN, LDE at the Kentucky River District Health Department, (606) 436-2196.

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