November Is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Obesity is one major risk factor, and simply eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins can help. Getting active and exercising for up to 30 minutes a day helps as well. If you or your child already has diabetes - or have been diagnosed "pre-diabetic" -- then these tactics can reduce your symptoms.

Diabetics are at a higher risk of stroke and heart disease - nearly two out of three diabetics die from them. Kidney failure and blindness are complications from the disease as well. Diabetes isn't a death sentence, but it is a serious disease that can have life-changing complications.