HBCU Writers's Project
For Immediate Release
October 11, 2009
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Tiera Pitts
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

(BPRW) Prevent and Control Diabetes

(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) – Diabetes impacts millions of families’ lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there is an estimated 3.7 million African Americans 20 years of age or older are living with diabetes. The disease is common for leading to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nerve damage, and many other fatal health issues. 

Diabetes is a very serious condition, but it can be treated, and there are ways to significantly prevent and control it. Pre-diabetics have been shown to delay or prevent the latter health issues due to the disease by adopting healthy habits. People who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes should eat healthy foods, become involved with regular physical activities, and strive to obtain a healthy weight. 

The American Diabetes Association recommends that people conquer this disease by participating in support groups. Churches, schools, and other community organizations can create support groups that include people living with diabetes, and offer valuable information about treating the disease. There are diabetes camps for children with the disease to meet other kids suffering from the same health issues, and develop long-term healthy habits. The key to preventing and controlling diabetes is to stay informed and establish a healthy lifestyle.