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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Houston, TX – Houston, TX – In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) is joining with hundreds of healthcare providers and advocates across the nation to heighten the awareness of early detection and treatment. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage everyone to seek regular medical advice and take action on a healthier lifestyle.

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During Diabetes Awareness Month we join the fight to "Stop Diabetes" encouraging families to raise awareness about the importance of prevention and awareness and making healthy lifestyle choices as well as regularly visiting the doctor, getting educated on, and starting general health conversations about Diabetes and much more.

SBCHC is conducting a wide range of initiatives to provide information and assistance on the importance of Diabetes Awareness Month. We are sharing valuable information from Beyond Type 1, an organization founded in part by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, whose goal "is to highlight the brilliance of those fighting this disease every day while always working toward ensuring a cure is on its way," as shared on their Facebook page. We are participating in their Type 1 Diabetes Education and Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) Prevention Campaign within Texas and providing information in all our clinics. SBCHC also provides important resources and healthy lifestyle tips for navigation programs through our clinics that provide nutrition education, clinical followup, and making sure patients ahere to diet, exercise, and medication.

Spring Branch Community Health Center has six clinic locations open five days a week with extended hours on certain weekends that offer discounted medical services and free education programs. For clinic hours, directions and parking information visit www.sbchc.net or call (713) 462-6565.

SBCHC was formed in 2003 and began providing comprehensive health care services to indigent and low-income patients in the Spring Branch community in May 2004. Designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in September 2005, SBCHC offers medical care, mental health, and dental care for both children and adults regardless of income.

According to the CDC, more than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. More than 84 million U.S. adults—over a third—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (and may be underreported). Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes; type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5%. In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.

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For more information about Diabetes Awareness and helpful resources to aid in the prevention and treatment visit http://www.diabetes.org