World Diabetes Awareness Day
The theme is all about awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected, and promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes. Families are urged to learn more about the warning signs of diabetes and find out their risk of type 2 diabetes. Research conducted by the International Diabetes Federation in 2018 discovered that parents would struggle to spot this serious life-long condition in their own children. Despite the majority of people surveyed having a family member with diabetes, an alarming four-in-five parents would have trouble recognising the warning signs. One-in-three wouldn’t spot them at all. Some people with diabetes may wish they could be less aware of their diabetes. However, in a busy world, diabetes awareness is key. If we want the medical establishment and national government to put all their efforts behind finding a cure, then we need to raise our voices, raise our profile and raise awareness of this annoying and often unpleasant condition, not to mention that it could also become fatal if not managed and attended to properly. What medical breakthroughs have happened? Insulin was discovered not even a 100 years ago, but since then there have been no major breakthroughs in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes, and the numbers diagnosed have been growing quietly but steadily. Meanwhile the diagnoses of Type 2 diabetes has turned out be the ‘headline grabber’ with statements made that drew tremendous attention, that the NHS is not able to treat people who seem to have just a weight problem. Why is it important to raise awareness? If they have Type 2 diabetes, chances are that it’s more or less impossible to lose weight. The medications alone help you gain or at least maintain weight. Therefore, it is clear that there’s a lot of misunderstanding out there. It’s only by raising awareness that we can help everyone else to understand this rapidly spreading condition that a large number of the world population is living with. What is diabeted awareness? For some people diabetes awareness may be about the prevention of the onset of the condition. Healthy eating and more active lifestyles can ward off type 2 diabetes induced by being overweight. Learning to love food in a way that does not compromise your health, or your taste buds! Sharing knowledge can help too For other people talking and sharing knowledge will bring them support and let them lose any sense of being different. It is challenging for sure, but life with diabetes doesn’t have to be all that bad. Keep sharing what you know so that others learn and are able to keep themselves safe as well. Start a conversation about diabetes By talking about diabetes and the effect is has on our lives, we help keep healthcare administrators and politicians focused on the job of providing us with the care and information we need to successfully live with our diagnosis. Ways to prevent diabetes Lose extra weight.Moving toward a healthy weight helps control blood Your doctor, a dietitian, and a fitness trainer can get you started on a plan that will work for you. Check your blood sugar level at least twice a day.Is it in the range advised by your doctor? Also, write it down so you can track your progress and note how food and activity affect your levels. Get A1cblood tests to find out your average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. Most people with type 2 diabetes should aim for an A1c of 7% or lower. Ask your doctor how often you need to get an A1c test. Track your carbohydrates.Know how many carbs you’re eating and how often you have them. Managing your carbs can help keep your blood sugar under control. Choose high-fiber carbs, such as green vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains. Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.Diabetes makes heart disease more likely, so keep a close eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Talk with your doctor about keeping your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure in check. Take medications as prescribed. by taking a 10-minute walk after every meal. Include strength training and stretching on some days, too. Catch some snooze please.When you’re sleep-deprived, you tend to eat more, and you can put on weight, which leads to health problems. People with diabetes who get enough sleep often have healthier eating habits and improved blood sugar levels. Manage stress.Stress and diabetes don’t mix. Excess stress can elevate blood sugar levels. But you can find relief by sitting quietly for 15 minutes, meditating, or practicing yoga. See your doctor.Get a complete checkup at least once a year, though you may talk to your doctor more often. At your annual physical, make sure you get a dilated eye exam, blood pressure check, foot exam, and screenings for other complications such as kidney damage, nerve damage, and heart disease. So now that you know what to do, this World Diabetes Awareness Day, spread the world and share what you know. You could actually be saving a life.