Diabetes Awareness Month
Quality of care for Veteranâ€™s includes raising awareness around important health topics. By highlighting some of the national health awareness campaigns each month, Veterans can get ideas, information, and resources on a variety of health matters.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and VA wants to remind everyone about the importance of early detection and treatment.
Diabetes is a serious condition, and Veterans are twice as likely to have it than the general population. VA has made diabetes education and awareness a priority and provides programs like "MOVE!®" to help Veterans and their families avoid conditions like diabetes. Recent studies indicate that early detection and treatment of diabetes symptoms can decrease the chance of developing life-threatening complications.
Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high levels of blood glucose (sugar) that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin. Diabetes affects almost every part of your body and can shorten your life. Some complications of diabetes are kidney disease, heart disease, vision problems, and stroke. If you already have diabetes, there is still a lot you can do to reduce symptoms and stay healthy.
What can you do? For starters, weight loss through more physical activity and a healthy diet will improve certain symptoms. VA has also developed resources to improve education and encourage healthy life choices:
- Interactive Diabetes Education
Since over 25% of Veterans have diabetes, VA Hudson Valley Health Care System has developed an interactive diabetes education program designed to provide diabetes education for Veterans and their families. Click on the link above or the image on the right to get started.
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