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For more than 40 years now, November has served as a time where organisations, people with diabetes, caregivers, loved ones, and other advocates rally to shine a much-needed spotlight on diabetes. This helps drive research and potentially even saves lives

November is National Diabetes Month, with World Diabetes Day celebrated on November 14. The month has been designated for diabetes awareness since 1975, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), but it was not officially recognised until the early 1980s.

For more than 40 years now, November has served as a time where organisations, people with diabetes, caregivers, loved ones, and other advocates rally to shine a much-needed spotlight on diabetes. This helps drive research and potentially even saves lives.

Did you know that more than one in five of the people in the United States who has diabetes does not even know they have it? According to the ADA, that is 7.3 million people out of a total 34.2 million who are not aware they are living with the disease and all the health risks that poorly managed blood sugar can pose.

Diabetes puts people at risk for nerve damage, cardiovascular disease, foot and limb injuries, vision problems, and other complications that arise from having uncontrolled blood sugar. That is why understanding diabetes and how to manage it is more important than ever. Also known as diabetes mellitus, it is actually a group of metabolic disorders that cause your blood glucose (sugar) level to be higher than it should be and therefore prevents your body from properly using energy that comes from food and beverages.

LIFE-THREATENING ILLNESS Diabetes is often referred to as ‘sugar’ in Jamaica, and is a potentially life-threatening illness that is the second-leading cause of death for Jamaicans under the age of 70 years. The Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey III (2016-2017) indicates that one in every eight persons 15 years and older has diabetes. Four out of 10 persons in Jamaica who have diabetes are not aware of their status.

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