Diabetes Awareness Month: November 2023
November is Diabetes Awareness Month— the perfect opportunity to expand our understanding of the disease, its types, and how we can play a part in prevention and raising awareness.
Understanding the Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes: This form is an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. It’s typically diagnosed in children and young adults but can occur at any age. People with Type 1 diabetes usually take insulin daily.
Type 2 Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the body’s cells reject the insulin. It’s often linked with obesity, genetics, and lifestyle factors, and is more commonly diagnosed in adults, though can be seen in younger individuals too.
Gestational Diabetes: This type affects some women during pregnancy. It’s usually temporary but increases the risk for both mother and child to develop Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Prevention Is Key
For Type 1 diabetes, as of now, there’s no known way to prevent it. However, for Type 2 diabetes, steps can be taken:
- Healthy Diet: Focus on whole foods, lean proteins, and low-glycemic carbs. Minimize
processed foods and sugars.
- Stay Active: Regular physical activity helps regulate blood sugar and maintain a healthy
- Regular Check-ups: Early detection can help manage the disease effectively.
Educate: Share facts about diabetes with family, friends, and colleagues.
Participate: Join local diabetes awareness events or support groups.
Use Social Media: Use the power of digital platforms to share stories, experiences, and updates related to diabetes.
Wear Blue: The blue circle is the global symbol for diabetes. Wear blue to show support and initiate conversations.
Diabetes Awareness Month is not just about recognizing the challenges faced by those with diabetes, but also about emphasizing the importance of education, prevention, and support. If you have questions about treatment for diabetes you can visit https://murfreesborofamilydoctor.com/tx/diabetes/ or call our office at 615-890-4810.