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How to Keep From Being a Diabetes Statistic

November 24, 2010

BELULAH, N.D. - This is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and thousands of North Dakotans have the disease. One out of every three babies born this year will develop diabetes in their lifetime, and the cost of the disease is staggering: The average diabetic spends $6,000 every year treating the illness.

However, diabetes can be prevented, according to Samantha Scheurer, a patient educator at Coal Country Community Health Centers.

"For the most part - especially with Type 2 diabetes - if you are exercising and eating a well-balanced diet, lots of times it's preventable."

She warns that if left untreated, the complications of diabetes can range from heart disease to amputations.

"If it does get out of control, some complications would be neuropathies, kidney failure and eye problems."

To help keep diabetes at arm's length, Scheurer recommends eating few processed foods and exercising at least 30 minutes a day. More information is available from the American Diabetes Association at

Dick Layman, Public News Service - ND