As U.S. waistbands expand, so do the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes. With over 24 million Americans living with diabetes and thousands more who have it and are not yet aware of their diagnosis. November is American Diabetes Month by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The mission of the American Diabetes Assn. is to prevent and cure diabetes, improve lives, raise awareness about diabetes (Type 1 and 2) and to support the community through educational programs, advocacy, comprehensive resources and fundraising to support research and care.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes affects hundreds of millions of people around the globe not just victims but the friends and family that also have to live with those who suffer from it. When diagnosed with diabetes—either type I or type II—life changes have to be made in order to adjust to blood sugar readings and dietary restrictions along with new routines that help you (or your child) manage this disease.
According to the ADA, it is estimated that 57 million people in the USA are at risk for type II diabetes, the type that occurs later in life instead of during childhood as type I is often found. Experts predict in the near future that possibly one of every three children born will have to live with diabetes at some point in his or her life because of the rapid spread of this disease.
Although the disease doesn’t immobilize most people and is usually managed with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and regulating medication; it is not always the case. Diabetes gives patients a larger risk for stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, and even more serious issues like blindness or amputation, which is why we need to fight this disease. The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Home Care department works with and monitors clients with diabetes. Consider some ways to cut some of the unnecessary sugars and fats from your holiday table as a courtesy to your family and friends.
The American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Month focus is, “I Raise My Hand to Stop Diabetes”.
There are plenty of ways you can become involved in American Diabetes Month and the Stop Diabetes movement this November. There is no time to waste. Diabetes is a disease with deadly consequences. Drastic action is needed from everyone. Tools are available to help spread the word for companies, community organizers and health care professionals. Find out how to get involved, visit www.diabetes.org., check out their Facebook page or call 1-800-DIABETES.