GROWING UP FIT: November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - In this month's Growing Up Fit segment, the Pitt County Health Department is raising awareness about all forms of diabetes.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

This yearly call to action is focused on raising awareness of all forms of diabetes to gain support for critical research toward preventing, treating and curing all forms of the disease.

Risk Factors for Developing Diabetes:

A risk factor for developing the most common type of diabetes, type 2, is having prediabetes. This means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. An estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes, but, only 11% of them know it.

You can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes by losing a small amount of weight if you’re overweight and by getting regular physical activity.

Diabetes Prevention Program:

The Pitt County Health Department offers a Diabetes Prevention Program which is a lifestyle change program which emphasizes self-monitoring and problem solving to help participants reach their goals. A lifestyle coach leads the sessions and provides support to participants to overcome common physical activity and healthy eating challenges.

Physical Activity:

*Watch the attached video for a demonstration*
Some examples of practical tips to help participants increase physical activity include:
-marching in place
-using resistance bands
-lifting hand weights
-using hula hoops

In addition to the Diabetes Prevention Program, the Pitt County Health Department also offers a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program for people who already have diabetes.

For more information about either program, contact Robin Tant at 902-2388.