The number of Americans with diabetes increases every year. According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of adults in the country will have diabetes by 2050 if current diagnosis rates persist.
The Task Force for the National Conference on Diabetes has created an initiative, the Call to Action, to prevent and treat the disease. Encouraging people to take control of their condition is one of the program's goals.
National Minority Quality Forum president and CEO Gary Puckrein recommends people who are trying to combat diabetes familiarize themselves with the problem.
"Importantly, the Call to Action provides recommendations for a range of diabetes stakeholders, including federal and state policymakers, healthcare professionals and communities," says Puckrein.
Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle can help people avoid getting the disease and may help with life insurance rates as well. The condition is more prevalent among those who don't get enough exercise and carry excess weight.
Even small actions can add up. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking instead of driving whenever possible are a couple of ways people can get more exercise without much additional effort.