As diabetes is currently one of the major causes of amputation, especially amongst older people, we’ll be publishing several articles through November to coincide with it being American Diabetes Month.
Diabetes is one of those illnesses where prevention is definitely better than cure and where investment in your health now can pay dividends later. You can find more information about Diabetes and how you can take steps to avoid it on: http://www.nhs.uk/Pathways/diabetes/Pages/Avoiding.aspx
We’d also love to hear from you if you have any stories or information relating to Diabetes that you’d like to share.
By: Lara Endreszl
Published: Sunday, 1 November 2009
With over 24 million Americans living with diabetes and thousands more who have it and are not yet aware of their diagnosis, no matter how hard we try diabetes is not going away quietly. November is American Diabetes Month put on every year by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). For 2009 the theme is Stop Diabetes, and communities across the United States are taking part in events aimed at boosting awareness for diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious disease that 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 our country are at risk for type II diabetes, the type that occurs later in life instead of during childhood as type I is often known to be found. Experts predict that it is a possibility in the near future that one of every three children born will have to live with diabetes at some point in his or her life because of the ongoing rate at which the disease is spreading.
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 come together year round to fight this cause.
As part of its program to Stop Diabetes, the ADA wants everyone to know that each and every individual can help by sharing your intimate diabetes stories (go to www.stopdiabetes.com for more information or to share your own), walking for the cause, bringing awareness to the office or community meeting, or education yourself and those around you about the dangers and risk factors involved with this unfortunate disease.
If you or someone you care about is at risk for diabetes take a second to think about how you could help keep the diagnosis far away from that medical chart. This November, and every month, you may want to think of a way to cut some of the unnecessary sugars and fats from your holiday table as a courtesy to your body or the bodies of those you care about.
(Thanks to Steve McNeice for sending this article)Tags: amputation, blindness, blood sugar, diabetes, diagnosis, fats, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, sugars