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Nov. 8, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: Nienow

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and Diabetes Educator at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Debra Hull says a common misconception about the disease is that it's caused by too much sugar. Hull says you can have diabetes for years and not know, but that there are many ways you can get help to manage it. Hull says prevention and proper treatment are key for battling diabetes and that consistent low carbohydrate intake and daily exercise can help reduce its effects.

Hull says this week she'll be available at the walk-in and doctor's office clinic at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital doing screenings to check for diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 40 to 50 percent of American adults will develop diabetes within their lifetime.