SPRINGFIELD – During National Diabetes Month, State Senator Doris Turner is urging residents to take their health into their own hands by educating themselves and others on detection and available resources to help combat the disease.

According to the American Diabetes Association, in Illinois more than 1.3 million people have diabetes, which is 12.8% of the population.

“There is a significant chance that you have a loved one, friend or neighbor that has been diagnosed with diabetes,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “During National Diabetes Month, we must raise awareness and educate ourselves on available treatment, resources and possible dangers of this condition.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, changing an individual’s lifestyle can be a major step in preventing diabetes. Some tips include being more physically active, eating healthy plant foods and fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds, making healthier choices and seeing your doctor regularly.

“Working with your health care professionals will provide you the personal care you may need to improve your health,” said Turner. “Take some time to bring attention to diabetes and advocate for a cure.”

To learn more about National Diabetes Month and the condition, visit https://diabetes.org/.