Diabetes Awareness Month is a public health and awareness campaign observed November of every year. 12, 2013) Throughout the month of November, the Diabetes Institute at Ohio University will sponsor a number of educational events and activities designed to raise awareness about preventing and managing diabetes. In his remarks, Mr. To understand the differences between these types and what it means for the people who have it, it’s important to first understand a few key terms they share: insulin and glucose. Yet, it’s clear: awareness of type 1 diabetes (with which I’ll associate NDAM for this blog) and its issues isn’t embedded into the consciousness of our society as other diseases are. Many are common and can cause serious, long-term consequences including: hypoglycemia, hypertension (affecting 71% of adults with diabetes), dyslipidemia (affecting 65% of adults with diabetes), cardiovascular disease (death rates are 1.7 times higher with diabetes), heart attack (1.8 higher hospitalization rate with diabetes), stroke (1.5 higher hospitalization rate with diabetes), blindness (in diabetics over 40 years in age, 28.5% have damage to blood vessels in eyes that may leads to blindness), kidney disease (diabetes is the primary cause of kidney failure in 44% of all new cases) and amputations (73,000 in 2010 alone, accounting for 60% of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations). Cats and dogs can also develop diabetes, just as humans can.
The good news is you can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by making some healthy lifestyle choices. My friend Tricia just moved from Indy back to her home state of Wisconsin, and with that move she’s started a new blog called The Pancreatically Challenged Nurse. The 2014-2016 WDD theme is Healthy Living and Diabetes. There has been another Facebook profile overlay that has been making the rounds called #TypeNoType, for example; the hashtag calls into question divisions between the Type 1 community and the Type 2 community. In Type 1, usually diagnosed in children and young adults, the body does not produce enough insulin. Participants in the Postcard Exchange are encouraged to use the blue circle as a visual element of their postcards to represent unity and collaboration, and increase the blue circle’s recognition as the global symbol of diabetes.