November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

An estimated one out of every three Americans will be affected by diabetes, a chronic disease that affects how the body turns food into energy. A person has diabetes when blood glucose or blood sugar levels are too high, with type 2 diabetes being the most common. Untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye disease, diabetic foot and other serious medical conditions.

Help avoid the complications of this disease. Make a pledge to celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month with actions and activities that promote good health:

  • Get Screened! It is recommended that people 45 years of age and older regularly check their blood sugar levels with a blood test. Call a nearby International Community Health Center (ICHS) clinic to make an appointment for a screening.
  • Know your risk factors. Family history, obesity, diet and an inactive lifestyles increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes.
  • Practice prevention. Simple exercises like walking promote a healthier lifestyle. Studies show reducing 10% of body weight can reduce risk of developing diabetes by 85%.

See ICHS’ events calendar for fun programs and resources to help manage and prevent diabetes, and download a FREE copy of ICHS’ Healthy Asian Cookbook for healthy versions of Asian recipes in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog and Khmer:

  • A free Diwali dance celebration at the Bellevue YMCA on Nov. 12, from 12-2 pm. Dance for health and fun!
  • A line dancing class, held each Monday at the International District Community Center from 11 am to 12:30 pm, gets community members active and moving.
  • ICHS community kitchens, held on the Eastside and the International District, promote healthy recipes and eating. Participants cook and connect together.

See the American Diabetes Association website for more information and resources about diabetes.