Type 2 diabetes is a major – and quite preventable – problem. In fact, if type 2 diabetes were a country, it would be the third largest country in the world. 

Monday of this week started off by bringing light to World Diabetes Day. The goal is to raise awareness for type 2 diabetes. After all, half of adults with diabetes are undiagnosed – that’s a lot of uncertainty.

Living with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes greatly increases the chance of serious health complications down the road – like blindness, cardiovascular disease and lower-limb amputation. The earlier you’re screened if you think you may be at risk, the greater the chance of catching this disease in its early stages and preventing serious damage.

Lifestyle habits are unarguably huge contributors to this disease. Youth are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes if they don’t learn positive exercise and diet habits at a young age. Adults who are at risk have it even harder. It is clear habits that are developed at a young age are hard to break and become more difficult to break the older we get and the longer we practice those bad habits.

If you’re not ready to act on your own behalf or to encourage those around you to take action, just share the information at the bottom of this page. Education is the first, and possibly most important, step to take.