World Diabetes Day

Blog by: Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD, CDE


November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year’s theme is Family and Diabetes. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is working to promote the impact of diabetes on the family and offer more information on education and ways to support those affected and their families.  In 2018, the IDF found that 4 out of 5 parents would have trouble recognizing warning signs of diabetes in their own children. The findings indicate the need for education and awareness to spot the warning signs early. The good news is Type 2 Diabetes is preventable! Below are early signs that someone is at risk for Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Are 45 or older
  • Are Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have high blood pressure or take medicine for high blood pressure
  • Have low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
  • Had diabetes during pregnancy
  • Have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Take this test to know if you are at risk for developing diabetes: