Posted by: Patricia Hysong | November 6, 2015

American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month

 

American Diabeties Month

Diabetes is a disease that leads to high levels of blood sugar (glucose) when the body does not make any or enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. It can lead to serious health problems but people with diabetes can take steps to manage diabetes and lower the chance of health problems. Diabetes prevention is possible and research shows that type 2 diabetes, with proper attention, the onset of the disease can be delayed or prevented for those at high risk.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes. Of that number, 8.1 million are undiagnosed.

Whether it’s you or a loved one, whether a recent diagnosis or you have been living with Diabetes for a while, being educated and having support is key to living fully and staying healthy. As with most anything, relying on what one may have been taught previously is not the best course of action. Although the basics of diabetes may not change, continued education about the disease and advances in treatment change all the time. It’s important to keep abreast of the latest research and how the treatments and your own body change over time. Doing so gives diabetics a better chance of surviving and thriving despite having diabetes. In addition, support networks and having people to share with, can help diabetics deal with daily challenges and makes the journey a little easier to take.

Here is a link to a short video from the National Kidney Foundation

Take the time and care for yourself or support your loved one. Continue to learn and know that there is a way to live well with diabetes. You are worth it!

Information sourced or adapted from National Diabetes Education Program and the American Diabetes Association.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website.

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