Diabetes Awareness Month
November 22 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2020, there are over 4.2 million Americans diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 88 million with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes is a condition characterized by slightly elevated blood glucose levels, indicating that a person is at risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes. Texas has one of the highest rates of diabetes, and Harris county is leading the state in diabetes diagnosis.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes) is an autoimmune response causing the body to attack the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate amounts of insulin. The vast majority of individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Symptoms of diabetes can include tiredness, frequent urination, blurry vision, unexplained weight loss, and thirst.
Avenue 360 has partnered with Memorial Hermann and the Houston Food Bank to provide Diabetes Management Classes to patients. Patients attend a 6-week course to educate them on healthy lifestyle changes and how to manage their condition. Additionally, they receive a FoodRx card through the Houston Food Bank that provides 20 pounds of fresh produce twice a month. For more information or to enroll in our new set of classes, please call (713) 426-0027 ext. 304.
The information contained in this Avenue 360 Web site is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment, and Avenue 360 recommends consultation with your Avenue 360 doctor or health care professional.