Welcome to National Diabetes Week - a time dedicated to learning more about a disease that, honestly, affects more of us than you might think.
Here's the scoop: Diabetes is a condition that messes up how your body handles blood sugar. It affects a whopping 463 million adults globally - that's 1 in 11 folks, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Closer to home, over 34 million people in the U.S. are juggling life with diabetes, as the CDC tells us.
These numbers can sound scary. But don't worry - that's where awareness comes in. With the right know-how and care, we can manage this condition, and that's what National Diabetes Week is all about.
Now, how do your pearly whites fit into this story? Well, it turns out, gum health and diabetes are intertwined. People with diabetes are more likely to face gum disease, which can make blood sugar levels harder to control. On the flip side, keeping your smile in top shape can help manage diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association states that nearly 22% of folks with diabetes also battle some form of gum disease.
So, what can we do this National Diabetes Week? Here are some handy tips:
Learn and Share: This week, learn more about diabetes and its connection with oral health. Share this info with friends, family, and anyone who might benefit.
Schedule Check-ups: Regular visits to your doctor and dentist can catch health issues, including diabetes and gum disease, before they get serious.
Keep Your Smile Shiny: Brush, floss, and rinse daily. A healthy smile can contribute to a healthier you.
Live Healthy: Balance your diet, move around, and catch enough Z's. A healthy lifestyle can help manage diabetes.
To make it even easier, we're offering a free download of "Stop Diabetes Today". This book is packed with tips and advice on tackling diabetes and keeping your smile bright.
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Let's use National Diabetes Week to turn these stats around, one smile at a time.