November is National Diabetes Month. Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. There are a few members of my family who have diabetes. I have seen it handled with medication, exercising and changing eating habits.
Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications. Unaddressed, diabetes takes a heavy toll medically, financially and individually. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness.