American Diabetes Month is a time to raise awareness about diabetes and its impact on American lives. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 37 million diabetic people in the United States; around 8.5 million are undiagnosed.
Diabetes is a severe disease that can lead to many complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, amputation, and can lead to death. November is essential to raise awareness about the disease and its many complications.
What Can You Do?
There are many ways you can get involved in American Diabetes Month. The ADA suggests a few ideas, including:
- Wearing blue on World Diabetes Day (November 14) to show your support
- Sharing your story about living with diabetes on social media using the hashtag #DiabetesMonth
- Planning an event to raise awareness about diabetes in your community
- Donating to the ADA to help support their research and education efforts
You can also find more ideas on the ADA’s website.
Goals of American Diabetes Month?
The goals of ADM are:
- To reduce the incidence of diabetes
- Improve the quality of life for people living with diabetes
- Support funding for diabetes research.
How to Celebrate This Month?
There are many fun ways to celebrate American Diabetes Month! Here are some ideas:
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day to help control your blood sugar levels throughout the morning.
- Get active and take advantage of all the great opportunities for exercise available during this month.
- Educate yourself and your loved ones about diabetes and its treatments so that everyone can have a better understanding of the disease.
- Support diabetes-related charities or volunteer opportunities in your community.
- Make a donation to support research into new treatments and interventions for diabetes.
Why is it Important?
American Diabetes Month is important because it raises awareness about a disease affecting millions of Americans. It is also a time to promote ways to prevent the disease and its complications. Getting involved can help make a difference in the lives of those affected by diabetes.
If you or someone you know has diabetes, take extra care this month and throughout the year. Illinois Health Career is an Allied Health School that assist in training health professionals to make a difference in the community and the patients that they see. Remember, you can make a difference by getting involved and educating yourself. Illinois Health Careers is here to help and we want to assist in promoting disease awareness. Come join us by educating yourself and the world.