Nov. 4, 2019 – Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States, and throughout November the Village’s Public Health Department is promoting healthy living choices that can help stave off the disease as part of American Diabetes Month.
Oak Park residents are invited to participate in a Diabetes Awareness Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at West Suburban Medical Center, 3 Erie Court. The event will feature free health screenings, food samples, foot screenings, giveaways, speakers and more.
One in 10 Americans have diabetes – that’s more than 30 million people. Another 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a chronic condition that affects the way bodies metabolize sugar.
Depending on age, weight and other factors, some individuals are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that making healthy choices can greatly lower the risk of contracting the disease.
To help prevent type 2 diabetes, health officials recommend:
Click here for more ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes from healthfinder.gov.
For more information about the Village’s Public Health Department, visit www.oak-park.us/health, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.358.5480.