November is the time to focus our nation’s attention on the disease that affects over 29 million people in the United States alone. The theme for 2016 is “This Is Diabetes” and it is meant to highlight the reality of the disease and shatter the stereotypes and stigmatisms surrounding diabetes and the people living with it. During the month there will be real people and their stories showcased to shine a light on the struggles and achievements that they experience on a daily basis while living with diabetes. This month is also a great time to highlight the urgency of the growing healthcare crisis and the importance of proper professional care when you or a loved one are living with this disease.
Diabetes is actually a group of several different subgroups. The best way to generalize it and give one solid definition is to say that it is a group of diseases that cause a high blood glucose level. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the United States today. Along with the 29 million people already living with diabetes, another 86 million adults are at a high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Luckily for them, Type 2 diabetes can be controlled through a healthy diet, increasing their physical activity levels, and losing weight. There are a lot of health issues that can be caused by having diabetes. These include: nerve damage, blindness, kidney disease, and so much more if it is not controlled.
There are so many great ways to get involved in American Diabetes Awareness month. If you or someone you knows suffers from diabetes you can share your story or urge them to share theirs in order to possibly help someone else who is going through the same things. You can also share your story or show your support through social media using the hashtag #thisisdiabetes. You can also get involved by making healthy changes in your own life and urging others to do the same. Small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and having a salad in the place of a burger can make big changes in the long run. We can all do our part in lessening the effect of diabetes.