According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more 29 million Americans have diabetes. American Diabetes Month is observed every year in November with the goal to focus public attention on this chronic condition and those who are affected by it. If you have been diagnosed with the disease, this is the right time to step up your efforts to maintain your blood sugar levels within the recommended range with a weight loss program and a healthy lifestyle.
This year, the theme of the National Diabetes Education Program is: “Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It”. This theme stresses the importance of managing diabetes to prevent associated health problems such as heart attack, stroke, diabetic neuropathy, kidney disease, vision loss, and amputation. It is also a reminder to people struggling with the demands of managing diabetes that they are not alone.
Though there is no cure for diabetes, the good news is that it can be effectively managed with the following measures:
- A diabetes mean plan – food that are rich in fiber and low in calories and sugars
- Weight control – effective weight loss programs are available to lose weight faster and more easily
- Learning more about living with diabetes from a local health care center
- Checking your blood sugar numbers and knowing what to do if glucose levels become too high or too low
- Getting routine care
- Finding resources to help you set goals, become healthier, and deal with the challenges of diabetes management or prevention
The ADA’s 2016 Diabetic Month theme is: #ThisIsDiabetes. With the goal to raise awareness about the condition and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis, the ADA invites people to submit their own stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of the disease. Visit the ADA website to learn more.