American Diabetes Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lifestyles and the day-to-day decisions that impact our health-- Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi.
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month, Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) is encouraging consumers to learn more about diabetes and take the steps to prevent its onset and the life-threatening conditions that come with the disease.
“American Diabetes Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lifestyles and the day-to-day decisions that impact our health,” stated Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi. “Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Given that another 79 million Americans are already pre-diabetic and at risk for this disease, we have a serious epidemic on our hands. It’s one that requires extensive education and awareness efforts, combined with policy initiatives to address the issues contributing to America’s health crisis.”
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to address this disease. Diabetes significantly increases risk for stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and blindness.
American Diabetes Month focuses attention on diabetes, the issues contributing to its still-increasing prevalence, and its impact on those experiencing the disease.
The ADA recommends small, but important steps to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, including making dietary changes, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. Several factors that increase risk are not changeable, such as age, race, and family history, but being aware of these factors and being more conscientious about health management can still help to lower one’s risk.
The vision of the ADA is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. To learn more about diabetes and American Diabetes Month, please visit their website at http://www.diabetes.org.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
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