Diabetes Awareness Month

November 02 13:55 2015 Print This Article

National Diabetes Month is observed every November to draw attention to diabetes and its effects on millions worldwide. The National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) 2015 theme Diabetes Education and Support: Everyone Has a Role. What’s Yours? highlights the need for ongoing diabetes education and support among people with diabetes and those who care for them.

The Facts About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that leads to high levels of blood sugar (glucose). It happens when the body does not make any or enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, but people with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the chance of health problems.

You may have wondered if you are at risk for developing diabetes, or you may have been told you have prediabetes. If so, you should know that diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies show that people at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Help people in your community learn more about the importance of diabetes education and support with these resources from the NDEP and the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Resources People with Diabetes

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life: These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is helpful for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.

Just One Step: Change begins with Just One Step: This tool helps people break down their goals to make modest but important lifestyle changes in small, achievable steps.

Make a Plan: Making changes in how to care for health is a matter of trying and learning. It’s all about choosing a goal that’s right and working toward it. This tool provides some questions to help people get started.

Diabetes HealthSense: Diabetes HealthSense is an online library that provides easy access to more than 160 resources from more than 80 organizations that support people with diabetes, people at risk for the disease, and those who care for them in making changes to live well or facilitating behavior change in others.

For People with Diabetes or High Blood Pressure: Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the kidneys and lead to kidney disease. Learn more about the kidney connection and how to take steps to keep your kidneys healthy from the National Kidney Disease Education Program.

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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign with events organized in more than 100 countries in 2014 and dedicated advocacy activities around G7, UN General Assembly and G20.

Led by the International Diabetes Federation, WDD unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy. WDD is a year-long campaign to reflect the realities of dealing with a chronic condition.