Diabetes Awareness

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - WAFB is teaming up with the world-renowned Pennington Biomedical Research Center to try to help you protect your health. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a great time to educate yourself on a disease that affects millions of Americans on a daily basis.

Diabetes can be debilitating and it can be deadly. But in some cases, it can be prevented or its effects nearly eliminated. The American Diabetes Association estimates there are 79 million Americans who have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While anybody can be at risk, studies prove with the basics - a good diet and plenty of exercise - you can sometimes reverse the effects of diabetes.

Now, while one type is tied to lifestyle, another is tied partly to your genetics and family history. This is why it's important to take time this November and learn about this disease. We have placed a number of resources on our website. You can learn the symptoms, what to look out for and ways to reduce your risk.

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