November Is National Diabetes Month
Diabetes Mellitus, better know as just Diabetes, has been recognized as a condition for at least three thousand years. Indian physicians from 400-500 AD were able to identify the two types now known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. But even with today’s advances in medicine, Diabetes still claims the lives of about 4.2 million people in the world and close to 85,000 in the United States (Information collected from the International Diabetes Federation and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention). * Always consult with your physician, register dietitian and/or diabetes educator before making any changes in habits related to your medical condition.
What is Diabetes?
The CDC defines Diabetes as, “a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy”. It is diagnosed when excess glucose is found in the blood either because the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or has stopped making it, or the body cannot use it properly.
Pre-Diabetes is when your blood glucose or blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
When you hear your health provider mentioning you may have a “touch of sugar” in your blood or that “your blood sugar is a little high”, ask for an explanation of what this may mean in your case. By understanding the concepts, you could be able to manage your health better. Remember, knowledge is power!
Factors You Can and Cannot Control*
There are situations you can and can control in many chronic conditions, so take charge of those you can change. * Always consult with your physician, register dietitian or diabetes educator before making any changes in habits related to your medical condition.
Resources About Diabetes
Check these resources for more information about managing your Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes: (Press on the name to access the link for it)
- CDC Diabetes Education Page
- On Your Way to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
- How to Help a Loved One With Diabetes When You Live Far Apart
- Steps to Help You Stay Healthy With Diabetes
- Tips for Being Active with Diabetes pdf icon[PDF – 240K]
- Smoking and Diabetes
Remember, You’re Not Alone! Look for help and guidance from health professionals in your county.