November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when the nation puts extra emphasis on the risk factors associated with different types of diabetes and how to stay healthy. According to the CDC’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 21 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some sort of diabetes while another 8.1 million people go undiagnosed. Whether you suffer from diabetes in Atlanta, GA, yourself or know someone who does, here are four easy ways Dr. Gregg Codelli says you can participate in National Diabetes Awareness Month.

 1. Learn About the Types of Diabetes

 There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 1 is a result of the body’s immune system killing pancreatic beta cells, which causes sugar to build up in the blood. Type 2 occurs when the body is either unable to use the insulin it makes or it does not make enough insulin. Gestational diabetes can occur in late pregnancy and can lead to hyperglycemia and increase the mother’s and baby’s risks for developing diabetes later.

 2. Eat a Healthy Diet

 You can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by eating healthy foods and staying away from sugary items. Well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables are a great way to go, and there is no better time to start than now.

 3. Get Some Regular Exercise

 Obesity is one of the major risk factors for diabetes. You can lower your risk even further by maintaining a healthy weight and participating in a regular exercise regimen. In fact, November is a great month to start working out before those holiday meals hit the table.

 4. See Your Periodontist

 Studies have shown that gum disease appears to be related to the overall health of an individual. Seeing your periodontist regularly can help you to catch gum disease or periodontitis in the early stages before it complicates your health. Pregnant women should visit their periodontist especially if there are any signs of the disease such as bleeding gums. Support National Diabetes Awareness Month by scheduling a visit with Dr. Codelli. Contact our office today.