Learn More About Diabetes Awareness Month
At Mark Johnson Plumbing, we know, each November, we take the time to raise awareness for our friends and loved ones who suffer from diabetes. This chronic disease affects over 29 million Americans. As a metabolic disease, it blocks the production of insulin, resulting in increased levels of glucose in the body. National Diabetes Awareness Month takes place in November of each year and is also celebrated worldwide for World Diabetes Day on November 14.
What is World Diabetes Day?
Diabetes impacts people all over the world. We celebrate World Diabetes Day on November 14 by taking part in many runs, walks, bikes, telethons, information sessions and other fun and informational activities designed to raise awareness for this chronic disease.
How do Diabetics Manage their Illness?
Although diabetes is a chronic disease, it's possible for those who suffer from it to live long and dynamic lives. There is no cure for diabetes; however, there are many things that people can do to manage the illness. Some of the most effective ways to manage diabetes on a daily basis include:
- Maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet that is low in starches and carbohydrates.
- Drinking lots of water throughout the day.
- Getting daily exercise, even if it’s 15 minutes of walking per day, it’s effective.
- Medicating with insulin if needed.
What About Complications?
If a person follows their doctor's orders they will most likely never experience complications with their Diabetes. However, ignoring doctors instructions or forgetting to take medications could result in complications that include cardiovascular disease, skin disorders, eyesight loss, hearing loss and more. It is vital for patients to listen to their doctors and do everything they can to make the diagnosis easier.
How Can I Support My Loved Ones with Diabetes?
One of the most important things for a person with diabetes to have in his or her lives is a strong support system. Having family members who understand the illness and are compassionate and empathetic about certain lifestyle changes will make managing the disease a lot easier. Some ways you can support your diabetic loved one includes:
- Encouraging them to take part in sports or physical activity by taking part in it as well.
- Helping them manage their diet by cooking them healthy foods.
- Letting them know that diabetes is not a death sentence and with proper nutrition and care, they can still have fun and live a happy and healthy life.