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Battery ingestions, Preventing Diabetes

December and January are the times of year when most button-style batteries are swallowed, The American Diabetes Association wants you to know your risk for diabetes.

Battery ingestions

December and January are the times of year when most button-style batteries are swallowed.

That's according to the National Battery Ingestion Hotline.

Kids six and under are most at risk for swallowing these batteries.

At least five fatalities are reported each year in the U.S.

The batteries are commonly found in hearing aids, toys, flashlights, watches, and laser pointers.

Doctors say pets are also vulnerable to swallowing these items.

Doctors say if a child swallows a button battery you should call 911 immediately and get them to an emergency room as soon as possible.

Preventing Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association wants you to know your risk for diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease, a chronic condition that affects the way the body uses glucose, the body's main source of fuel.

As obesity levels have risen in the U.S., so have the rates of Type 2 Diabetes.

But Type 2 Diabetes can often be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Experts say eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are high in fiber and can help control blood sugar levels.

Get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Complications from diabetes can lead to a wide range of health problems from heart disease and stroke to kidney damage and blindness.

But making healthy lifestyle choices today, may lead to a healthier tomorrow.

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