November is American Diabetes Month, designed to raise awareness of diabetes and the impact of diabetes in our society. Type 2 diabetes, where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the insulin isn't utilized effectively, is the most common type of diabetes and often can be managed with a combination of healthy eating, regular exercise, and oral medications. In type 1 diabetes the body stops producing insulin completely. Both types of diabetes impact nerves and blood vessels. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness in adults, with $1 in every $5 healthcare dollars spent in caring for someone with diabetes.
Decrease your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by maintaining a healthy body weight and getting regular physical activity and exercise. If you have a family history of diabetes, be sure to work with your physician to test your blood sugar levels on a regular basis.
During American Diabetes Month 2012, the Association encourages Americans to share "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" by uploading a personal image on your Facebook page to show what the daily life of diabetes means to you. For every photo/ image uploaded, CVS/pharmacy will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $25,000.
Learn how you can share your personal image and story during American Diabetes Month by visiting facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation, stopdiabe tes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.
Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE, cPT is a health, food and fitness coach in Manchester and online at www. LynnGrieger.com. She's also a cer ti fied diabetes educator at Rutland Regional Diabetes and Endocrinology Center.
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