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Separate fact from fiction during Diabetes Awareness Month

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month and the perfect time to increase awareness about diabetes!

Awareness is the first step toward increased funding for research, improved public support, more understanding and empathy.

For those who've been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they'll eat, wear, do and how they'll take care of themselves. Yet according to the American Diabetes Association, the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood.

Here are 5 things you should know about diabetes.

Proper glucose management, exercise, nutrition and support are all vital parts of diabetes management.

The American Diabetes Association is committed to educating the world about diabetes and its risk factors.

Separating the myths from the facts is a great way to increase awareness this month!

Being overweight is a risk factor for developing diabetes, but other factors like physical activity, family history, ethnicity and age also play a role. Many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.

A diet high in calories contributes to weight gain, and weight gain increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is not caused by sugar, but by genetics and lifestyle choices.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that people avoid drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent type 2 diabetes.

A healthy meal looks the same whether you are diabetic or not. A diet low in saturated fat, moderate in salt and sugar and balanced with lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruits are beneficial to everyone.

You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and staying active.

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