November has been proclaimed National Diabetes Awareness Month Research demonstrates that early diagnosis, treatment and continuing education can reduce devastating long-term complications. Such complications can result in overwhelming physical disabilities and staggering financial responsibilities. Diabetes is a disease that requires self-management for successful treatment. This includes balanced diet, medication, and exercise and checking blood sugars at home with a home blood glucose monitor. Self-management is not possible without diagnosis and education. It is estimated that there are 16 million persons in the U.S. that have diabetes, but one half of those have not been diagnosed. The most common symptoms that people have are excessive thirst, excessive hunger and excessive urination. Most people have no symptoms so they hesitate to be checked for diabetes because they feel fine. Diabetes educators have much work to do to educate the people about the importance of being tested. Sioux Valley Vermillion Campus is offering public random or fasting blood sugars for a low cost of $3 to be done the entire month of November. Stop in between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for this important test. It could be very important to enhance your general health.