Helping People Live Life with Diabetes

True or False?  (answer found at the bottom of the page)

  • Diabetes is one of the top reasons for amputation, blindness, heart attacks, kidney problems, neuropathy, stroke, and neuropathy

(False… uncontrolled diabetes is one of the top reasons for amputation, blindness, kidney problems, stroke, and neuropathy.)

Here are some diabetes medication secrets…

    1. Out of control diabetes can harm your body, even if you feel okay!
    2. Taking ALL your medications is a powerful choice you can make to positively affect your health.
    3. Your medications are working even if you can’t feel it.
    4. Needing more medication to manage your diabetes and reduce complications is not your fault.
    5. More medication doesn’t mean you are sicker and less medication doesn’t mean you are healthier.

World Diabetes Day was first presented in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness due to the alarming rise in the number of people living with diabetes throughout the entire world.

Did you know?

  • In 1980, 108 million adults were living with diabetes throughout the world.
  • In 2014, 422 million adults were living with diabetes throughout the world.
  • Since 1980, the diagnosis of adult diabetes has nearly doubled 1980 from 4.7% to 8.5% throughout the world.
  • Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.

(Retrieved from the United Nations website: http://www.un.org/en/events/diabetesday/)

Good news!!!!

  • Healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight, and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.

(Retrieved from the World Health Organization website:  http://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/diabetes)

“Health is not the absence of disease but the addition of confidence, skills, knowledge, and connection.  But most importantly, it is simply a means to an end-which is a joyful, meaningful life.

Cristin Lind