Facts About Diabetes and National Diabetes Month

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Facts About Diabetes and National Diabetes MonthNovember is National Diabetes Month, an event to help raise awareness of diabetes, how to prevent it, how to treat it, and what issues surround it. Several organizations come together each year to put this event into motion to help Americans learn more about the disease, whether they have it or not.

Here are a few things you should know to take part in the event.

Event Background

In 2010, about 26 million people had diabetes. Several health programs educate communities about the disease, how to prevent it, what the risk factors are, and how to treat it. National Diabetes Month is a month-long even to help spread this awareness across the U.S. Several organizations host their own events throughout the month to spread awareness and educate people about the risk factors. They make sure people are being educated on how to prevent diabetes, and how to tell if they’re at risk for it, and therefore need to be tested for it.

Types of Diabetes

There are several types of diabetes: Type 1 includes people whose bodies produce little to no insulin, and who are dependent on insulin to keep them alive. Type 2, also known as Adult Onset Diabetes, appears later in life, and is typically caused by poor diet and exercise habits. It accounts for 90 percent of all diabetes cases. Type 2 diabetes patients don’t always have to take insulin. If you think you’re at risk, see your doctor. Gestational diabetes consists of high glucose levels in pregnant women. It occurs in 1 of every 25 pregnancies worldwide, and is associated with complications to the mother and baby. It usually disappears after pregnancy, but can lead to Type 2 diabetes.

Treatments

There are several treatment options for diabetics. Proper diet and exercise maintains weight, which is very important for controlling diabetes. In some cases, it may prevent Type 2 patients from needing to take insulin. Taking insulin properly controls Type 1 diabetes and monitoring blood sugar is important for maintaining both types of diabetes. Practicing good hygiene skills is also very important, including taking daily care of your skin, feet, eyes, and mouth, and reducing stress. You’ll also want to have a good health care team taking care of your individual needs, as well as a good support team to help you along the way. It is also best to know where you local urgent care locations are in case of a diabetic seizure.

Providing Support

If you know someone with diabetes, there are several things you can do to support them. First, learn as much as you can about diabetes. The more educated you are, the more you’ll understand the disease and its treatments, and be able to help better. This includes knowing about your loved one’s specific type of diabetes as well as their treatments. Next, talk to your loved one. Ask several questions about what they really need from you, and then be prepared to offer the help they request. Discuss your feelings as well, and have an open communication policy. Get extra support and help when you need it.

Understanding diabetes can help prevent you from developing it, as well as helping loved ones cope with their disease. Take advantage of National Diabetes Month events in your area to learn more about it.

Jacob Anderson is a freelance journalist from Scottsdale, Arizona who writes for a variety of health and wellness blogs and periodicals.

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