NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH

In November, National Diabetes Month focuses attention on the growing cost of diabetes on American’s health. From the physical, emotional, and social effects to the financial and damaging health consequences, diabetes impacts more than 30 million people in the United States. Also known as American Diabetes Month, the month focus on making healthy changes and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

  • Get a physical. Regular checkups let us know where we stand and what changes we need to make. Ask questions, too!
  • When we make small changes, we are more likely to stick with them. So, add one or two small changes at a time, instead of huge sweeping changes.
  • Keep track of your goals. We are more likely to be honest if we write down our daily intake than if we just guess.
  • Get a buddy. It’s more fun when we make changes together than if we go it alone.
  • Learn more from the American Diabetes Association.

My husband and I both deal with this ongoing condition. With advances in both medication and education this is a manageable process to a new lifestyle. Managing diet, exercise, and learning about how our bodies work, is the best defense and offense to something that changes the life of almost half of the American population.

I implore people to learn. There is a difference between type 1 and type 2. For years it has been ignored. Until recently both were treated in diet as the same often subjecting type 2 to higher carbohydrates that eventually lead to external insulin dependence. My body still makes insulin, that insulin cannot get onto my cells to reduce blood sugar numbers. A number of treatments like metformin unlock the doors to allow my insulin to control blood sugar levels as designed. That coupled with even 10% weight loss can make a huge difference in this fight.

NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH HISTORY

American Diabetes Association founded National Diabetes Month to spread information and resources concerning diabetes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDiabetesMonth

Help prevent type 2 diabetes. Learn about the causes of type 1 diabetes and how to control it. Find out how new medications are making it easier to control blood sugar and insulin levels. Learn about a healthy diet, exercise, and how to control diabetes. Known your number and get involved. If you have questions about your diabetes, be sure to speak with your doctor. They are your best resource for staying in control. Use #NationalDiabetesMonth to post on social media.

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Jennifer lives happily in North Florida with her husband Scott and after a stroke and two brain surgeries her mom. While not blessed with children they dote on their four legged children four cats. I started writing after spinal surgery required second round of physical therapy to learn to walk yet again. While reading is a favorite hobby writing is something new with the launch of this blog and hopefully a fiction novel in the future.

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