November is American Diabetes Month.
It’s our chance to show the world what life with diabetes is really like.
This year’s campaign is titled “We Stand Greater Than”.
“Every year, our community comes together to ring the alarm on the diabetes epidemic. For the millions of us who are at risk for it, it’s a time to get educated, find resources and make sure all those around us are aware of their risk, too. And for the millions of us living with diabetes, it’s a chance to tell our stories and awaken the world. Until we find a cure, we will find each other and lift each other up. Will you join us?” (diabetes.org)
Types of Diabetes
There are 30 million people is the United States that have been diagnosed with diabetes. However approximately 8 million Americans are undiagnosed at this time. Type 1 diabetes is the least common form of diabetes, accounting for only 5.6% of people diagnosed. Type 1 means that their pancreas has stopped producing insulin all together and they will need to take insulin forever or until a cure is discovered. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. For these people their bodies do not use insulin efficiently. Gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy when blood sugars become elevated. While some people can control their blood sugar with diet and exercise, other require insulin or medication to manage it.
Managing Your Diabetes
Controlling blood sugar through diet, oral medications, or insulin is the main treatment. The following guidelines are equally as important.
- Education and Support – learn about diabetes self management, education and support.
- Prevent Complications – learn how to prevent or delay related health problems.
- Eat Well – find tips and strategies and ideas for healthy eating.
- Mange Sick Days – take steps to protect yourself.
- Get Active – be physically active to stay in control.
- Your Diabetes Care Schedule – put health care on your calendar.
- Be Prepared – manage emergencies by thinking ahead.
- Manage Blood Sugar – know your numbers and how to stay on target.
- Diabetes and Mental Health – find out how they are connected.
For more information visit the American Diabetes Association