November serves as Diabetes Awareness Month

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Hoping to raise awareness of the disease and emphasize the importance of getting screened, November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

November is National Diabetes Awareness month, a disease that affects over 170,000 people in Nebraska. /: (MGN)

Type-1 and Type-2 are the most common forms of diabetes, type-2 the more common form between the two, however there are other forms.

Diabetes affects nearly 174,000 people in Nebraska and 8,000 more people get diagnosed each year.

There are many ways people can work on preventing type-2 from decreasing portion size, taking the recommended 10,000 steps per day, or even a five to seven percent weight loss.

"You don't have to do it all at once you can do it in increments," said Shellie Berry, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator from CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney.

Berry, along with other health professionals, recommend screening for diabetes when people go in for their annual checkup. There is an emphasis on catching the disease as early as possible to make those lifestyle and dietary changes to prevent a diagnosis.

Middle-aged and older people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes, however children can also be diagnosed. Type-1 is more common in children than type-2.