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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Date: October 18, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), First Americans have a greater chance of having diabetes than any other U.S. racial group. In about 2 out of 3 First Americans with kidney failure, diabetes is the cause. Diabetes is a very serious disease which in some cases is entirely preventable.

The number of Americans with diabetes increases every year. In addition, more than 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 adults with prediabetes do not know they have it and are at risk.

This November, remember, if you eat healthy, are active and maintain a healthy weight, you can delay or even prevent Type 2 diabetes. The Chickasaw Nation has many programs promoting healthy lifestyles such as Empowered Living, the LifeRx program and the AYA App.

Also, the Chickasaw Nation Department of Health will offer a diabetes awareness walk at the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center town center Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Talk to a health care provider if you have questions about diabetes and prediabetes and how it might affect you. Together, we can fight this serious health condition in our communities. For more information about diabetes treatment and prevention, visit CDC.gov or ChickasawNationHealth.net.