STOP Diabetes

November 30, 2011

As November and American Diabetes Month draw to a close, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t remember the message year-round. American Diabetes Month marks a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. The American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.

This month especially, I remember how serious a disease diabetes is. In our practice alone, we see thousands of patients with diabetes every year and we see the complications some of our patients suffer first-hand. We also see their successes! We work hard to stop diabetes and we know our patients do too. But some people don’t take diabetes as seriously as they should. Please take a minute to read and remember some of the shocking statistics:

  • Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes
  • 79 million people have pre-diabetes or are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
  • Every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes
  • Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney disease and amputations
  • The CDC projects that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050 unless we take steps to stop diabetes.

What are some of the things we can do to prevent and control diabetes?

  • Participate in regular physical activity
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Take your medications as prescribed
  • Monitor your progress, which could include checking your blood sugar, keeping food records, monitoring your blood pressure or recording you weight.

So ask yourself, “What can I do to STOP diabetes?” If you need help getting started, getting motivated or you just need more information, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Diabetes educators, dietitians and your physician are all on your team!


Act on Diabetes. Now.

November 14, 2011

Today is World Diabetes Day, a day of rememberance and a call to action. Started by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Day is celebrated annually on November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, was instrumental in the discovery of insulin in 1922, a life-saving treatment for diabetes patients.

World Diabetes Day is dedicated to raising global awareness of diabetes, its escalating rates around the world and preventing the potentially devastating disease. The Blue Circle above symbolizes the mission, “unite for diabetes.” The slogan , “Act on Diabetes. Now.” urges us to take action sooner rather than later in order to prevent diabetes and/or its complications. It reminds me of a similar philosophy I learned from one of my mentors when I was on my path to becoming a dietitian, “Don’t wait until tomorrow for what can be done today.”

WHO estimates that more than 220 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to more than double by 2030 without intervention. Almost 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2010, over 900 monuments and buildings in 84 countries lit in blue on November 14th to raise awareness of diabetes and World Diabetes Day.

In 2011, IDF encourages us to use the blue lightings as the center for all World Diabetes Day-related activities and events, reinforcing the link between the color blue and diabetes, and strengthening recognition of the Blue Circle as the global symbol of diabetes.

To read more about World Diabetes Day, visit this website.

On a national level, the entire month of November has been proclaimed by the President to be National Diabetes Month. I urge you to take a few moments to read the moving presidential proclamation here.

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