Proclamation issued to draw attention to disease

FREEHOLD, NJ – November is Diabetes Awareness Month. To draw attention to the dangers of diabetes, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation and is urging residents to make a plan to prevent diabetes and its complications.

“For 47 years I have been dependent upon insulin and struggling with diabetes, and it is a struggle,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said. “It is important to know the risk factors and warning signs of diabetes, because it can lead to severe health problems and complications such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage and even amputation.”

To draw attention to the disease and the need to be aware of its causes and prevention, the freeholders presented a proclamation Barbara Feinstein of the Central Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. The proclamation was presented at the Board’s Nov. 9 meeting.

“It is important for people to be aware that diabetes affects many people,” Feinstein said. “The more awareness there is, the better chance there is for support of research to find a cure.”

People can get diabetes at any age. Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes are the three main kinds of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children, teenagers or young adults.

Type 2 diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes. People can develop Type 2 diabetes at any age – even during childhood. Being overweight and inactive increases the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

In the United States alone, there are nearly 26 million children and adults living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

“Ultimately, you are the person in charge of managing your diabetes or risk of diabetes,” Curley said. “Simple changes in lifestyle over time can dramatically alter the risk.”

Risk factors for diabetes include having high cholesterol, being overweight, or having blood sugar levels higher than normal. According to the Centers for Disease Control, moderate weight loss and exercise can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes among adults.