November, Diabetes Awareness Month, will be here before you can say “Oh no, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.”
There are many ways you can get involved with diabetes awareness:
- Participate in Twitter chats on November 14, World Diabetes Day, using the hashtag #WDD2018
- Talk to your local government officials and ask them to issue a proclamation making November “Diabetes Awareness Month” or a certain day “Diabetes Awareness Day”
- Participate in a 5K walk or run to raise money for the American Diabetes Association or JDRF
- Get involved with the Affordable Insulin Project and sign the Stand Up for Affordable Insulin petition
- Wear blue every Friday in November (and on World Diabetes Day) and share your photo on social media using the hashtag #bluefridays
Several years ago, I was interviewed by someone who pays attention to diabetes precisely once a year and he asked me the #1 thing I wanted people to know about diabetes. I said:
"There is no such thing as a 'diabetic' diet. Different things work for different people. Yes, we have to watch what we eat. Yes, we have to monitor the number of carbs we consume. But if we choose to use some of our daily carb allotment for a piece of dark chocolate or a few bites of strawberry shortcake once in a while, it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re being 'bad' or irresponsible."
Other people were interviewed as well. Here’s what some of them had to say:
- Diabetes factors into every decision I make.
- Eating sugar does not cause diabetes.
- We are capable of doing anything anyone else can do.
- Diabetes needs more research and funding to find a cure.
- My family plays an important role in helping me maintain my health.
- Diabetes can happen to people who have no apparent risk factors.
What about you? What’s the #1 thing you want people to know about diabetes? November would be a good time to tell them.