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Monday, October 29, 2007

November is American Diabetes Month

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Rates of people with diabetes are climbing worldwide, especially in Western societies. Here are some basic facts you need to know. Change your habits and protect your health (under medical supervision) accordingly.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors, this is an autoimmune disease. A person's own immune cells destroy the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, a horn-shaped organ near the stomach.

A combination of genetic and environmental factors, this is the most common form of diabetes. Obesity, insufficient physical activity and/or a family history of the disease are risk factors. Once rare in children, Type 2 diabetes rates are growing. This can lead to complications such as heart disease.

The American Diabetes Association wants you to know that diabetes and heart disease are linked. People with diabetes are at high risk for a heart attack or a ...

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UPDATE: Fast Facts - About 154,000 people below age 20 have diabetes in the United States.

- According to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2006, one in 523 people under age 20 has diabetes. About 79 percent of them are aged 10 to 19 years.

- Types 1 and 2 Diabetes rates are soaring in the USA and elsewhere. Lack of sufficient exercise and too much snack foods are part of the blame. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) offers tip sheets and an online quiz for teens, to help them to manage their disease and to reduce their risks for complications.

NDEP's new "Tips for Teens with Diabetes" encourages teenagers to manage their disease for a long, healthy life. Topics such as "What is Diabetes?, Be Active, Make Healthy Food Choices, Stay at a Healthy Weight, and Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Diabetes" are among many other tips.

NDEP’s tip sheet for addressing teens at risk for Type 2 diabetes is called "Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes."

An interactive online quiz for teens with diabetes (based on information found in the tip sheets) uses a question-and-answer format, with direct links to the new series of tip sheets. All of it is available at no charge from the NDEP. These resources support children with diabetes and their families to ensure their health and well-being now and into adulthoodThe new tools also support the 2007 World Diabetes Day campaign theme "Diabetes in Children and Adolescents." It’s for raising awareness of the rising rates for type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youngsters around the world.

For more information about NDEP's free resources for children and teens, visit or call 1-888-693-NDEP (6337). NDEP is jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.World Diabetes Day, November 14, is sponsored by the International Diabetes Federation.

NDEP chair-elect Francine Kaufman, M.D., head of the Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism for the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, is chair of the Youth Section for World Diabetes Day. Listen to an NIH Radio interview with Dr. Kaufman about diabetes in youth and World Diabetes Day at

For information about National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and its programs, see

To your good health, Yocheved

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