Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease and the many people who are impacted by diabetes is important. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion. American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!
TCPH's Chronic Disease Prevention works to help people understand diabetes, take steps to prevent diabetes, and helps those with diabetes manage their disease.
Here's more about American Diabetes Month.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic
bronchitis and emphysema, is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard
to breathe. The disease is increasingly common, affecting millions of
Americans, and is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The
good news is COPD is often preventable and
Stomach cancers are the FIFTH most common cancer types worldwide,
and the THIRD leading causes of cancer death in the world. Learn
more about risks and prevention, including hereditary
risks, and share what you learn with others. It could become the
knowledge that saves the life of someone you know. Perhaps even your
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease
and premature death in the US, yet more than 45 million Americans
still smoke cigarettes. According to the American
Cancer Society, as of 2013, there were also 12.4 million
cigar smokers in the US, 8.8 smokeless tobacco users and 2.3 million
who smoke tobacco in pipes.
TCPH's Freedom From Smoking program offers classes on a regular basis to help people kick the habit.
Americans know family history is important to health. A recent survey found that 96 percent of Americans believe knowing their family history is important. Yet, the same survey found only one-third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family's health history.
Because family health history is such a powerful screening tool, the Surgeon General has created a new
computerized tool to help make it fun and easy for anyone
to create a sophisticated portrait of their family's health.
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