Tuesday, November 08, 2022
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to the disease. This year’s theme is taking control of diabetes by managing your health care team.
Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It affects 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and it can be linked to some types of cancer.
If you are diabetic, working with health care professionals who can offer you the personal care you need may help improve your health. And while it takes a team to manage diabetes, remember that you are the most important participant in your care.
How to Observe National Diabetes Month:
Commit to a Healthier Lifestyle
The best way to live a healthier life is by reviewing your daily habits. Start by making sure you get enough sleep; fatigue can cause a resistance to insulin that your body needs. Also, drink more water so your body will function at a more productive level to prevent illness. Finally, be sure to include fruits and vegetables in your diet. All of these things will help you commit to a healthier lifestyle to support or prevent diabetes.
Assemble a “Sick Day” Kit
It pays to be ready when your body experiences severe hypoglycemia, or otherwise known as a sugar crash. With a “sick day” kit, you’ll be prepared to fight ill effects and stabilize your body until you can see your doctor. Some of the items in your kit may include blood glucose monitoring supplies, ketone test strips, glucose tablets or gel, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, an alarm clock or timer to stay on top of your glucose levels, and soft tissues.
Create a Small Cookbook
With diabetes, there can be restrictions on what you can eat. Cookbooks will help you still enjoy your favorite foods, while still meeting your diabetic needs. By using light sugar, reduced-fat whipped toppings and other low-calorie options, you can still have delectable meals.
For more resources click here for the National Diabetes Month Toolkit.