Diabetes dangers take center stage during Diabetes Awareness Month in BK

CONEY ISLAND - In the thick of Diabetes Awareness Month, Brooklyn residents can learn how to stop the trend of a dangerous disease that is becoming increasing common.According to medical officials, 9 percent of Brooklyn residents live with diabetes. Doctors say there are important guidelines people can follow to keep themselves healthy. They say rising obesity across the country and in the borough is the biggest factor in the growing rate of diabetes. Doctors emphasize the importance of staying in shape and exercising. They also advise people to stay away from junk foods and resist the temptations of fatty foods because the long-term effects can be much more serious than an extra pound. For a healthy lifestyle, doctors recommend healthy foods and 30-minutes of cardiovascular exercise five days a week. Doctors can test for diabetes with a simple blood test during an annual visit.

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