February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.

  • The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson via Proclamation 3566 on December 30, 1963.
  • The Congress, by joint resolution on that date, has requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating February as American Heart Month.
  • At that time, more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease.
  • While American Heart Month is a federally designated month in the United States, it’s important to realize that cardiovascular disease knows no borders. Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.
  • That number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation that first declared February as American Heart Month.

Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. 

Control Diabetes For Life

In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.

Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.

Diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

What Are Signs & Symptoms of High Blood Sugar?

  • Feeling very thirsty and tired
  • Urinating more often
  • Losing a lot of weight
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal

Why should you control your blood sugar levels?

People with diabetes who keep their blood sugar levels normal or close to normal for life are predicted to gain, on average:

  • 5 extra years of life
  • 5 more years of eyesight
  • 6 years free from kidney disease
  • 6 years free from amputations and nerve damage

Educate Yourself About Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most costly health problems in America. The American Diabetes Association estimates that health care and other costs directly related to diabetes treatment, as well as the costs of lost productivity, run $218 billion annually. Staying educated about Disaster and Heart Disease is a critical step in improving your health.

There are four types of diabetes.

Click on the links to learn more.

For more information, go to the Florida Department of Health Website

Diabetes Prevention

Taking Control of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Keeping blood sugar levels normal or close to normal can make a big difference now and in the future for people with diabetes. Physical activity is a big part of heart health.

Helpful Links About Diabetes Health & Prevention

Florida Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Florida Heart Disease

American Diabetes Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention