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Awareness month brings attention to reducing diabetes

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—November is American Diabetes Month.

American Diabetes Association said this is the time to call attention to issues like the country spending $245 billion on the cost of diagnosed diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes is typically found in children. And there isn't a way to prevent it.

Type 2 Diabetes is commonly found in obese adults.  It can be prevented by losing weight or preventing obesity.

Dr. Daniel Kaufman Short, Endocrinologist, Gundersen Health System, said even losing 15 pounds can make a big difference in a person's risk for diabetes.

"If you're 300 pounds," he said.  "You don't have to get down to 140 pounds. If you can just get from 300 down to 285 you're making a huge dent in your metabolic risk. Your diabetes risk."

Signs of diabetes are fatigue, always being thirsty, frequent trips to the restroom, dry mouth and eyes and blurred vision.

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