One in three adults in the U.S. are pre-diabetic and have no idea that their health is in danger.
Pre-diabetes means a person’s blood sugar is dangerously elevated but it’s not high enough to be labeled type 2 diabetes. The latter condition can lead to stroke, heart attacks and kidney failure.
November is American Diabetes Month, and public awareness is needed now more than ever. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association each have a plethora of traditional and social media tools to help communicators educate the public. You can:
Post website banners and badges on social media channels
Offer online quizzes
Share patient success videos and stories
Provide content with healthy food and menu options in multiple languages
Encourage people to exercise and monitor their weight with wellness coaches and free programs
The CDC’s infographic says up to 30 percent of those with pre-diabetes will develop the full-blown ailment within five years.
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