American Diabetes Month
One in 10 Americans is suffering from Diabetes making the month-long awareness and education campaign of American Diabetes Month® very significant nationwide. The American Diabetes Association® promotes their mission as preventing and curing diabetes and also helping to improve the lives of everyone is impacted by the disease. The promotional theme this year is #ThisIsDiabetes, and everyone is encouraged to share their story about how diabetes is affecting themselves or a loved one.
The American Diabetes Association wants to shine the spotlight on people who are living with diabetes, those who are caring for a loved one with diabetes, and those who are leading the fight to find a cure. For those of us who spend time on social media sites, one easy way to advocate and participate in American Diabetes Month is to use the hashtag #ThisIsDiabetes and tell your story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Your post can reference how you are fighting Diabetes, a post about how Diabetes makes you feel, or a simple pronouncement to your followers that November is American Diabetes Month. The social media traffic may have an impact on someone who doesn’t know they have the disease or can help prompt someone to seek help or resources to aid in their fight against the disease.
Diabetes Facts and Figures:
- In addition to the 30 million children and adults in the US with diabetes, another 86 million are at risk of developing or already have prediabetes.
- It is estimated that the cost of treating diagnosed cases of diabetes in the US is over $245 billion.
- Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability, causing blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and other chronic ailments.
- Nearly 18,000 youth are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year, while 5,000 are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
- The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% greater than those without diabetes.
Prevention and Management of Diabetes:
- Maintain a healthy weight. One of the most important factors in preventing or at least delaying the development of diabetes is to manage your weight. If you are outside of your ideal weight, consult your physician and take the necessary steps to achieve a healthier weight.
- Get up and move. An increasingly sedentary lifestyle is contributing to Americans being at a higher risk of developing diabetes. One way to combat that trend is to be more active. Take up a regular walking regimen, start doing yoga, or join a gym. There are any number of ways to increase your activity level and lower your risk.
- Eat Healthier Meals. Another easy way to take a stand against diabetes is to learn to eat healthier. Limit the number of takeout meals you are eating and add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. Consume alcohol in moderation and find recipes with leaner proteins or fish.
We want to hear about how diabetes has impacted your life. Share your story in the comment section below or tell us how you plan to participate in American Diabetes Month. You can also reach out to your colleagues and us by visiting our Facebook page.