World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14, recognized by the United Nations. Currently, diabetes affects 26 million Americans.
For those who live with diabetes, it’s comforting to know they are not alone in this journey. For many people, especially those taking insulin, it is a 24-hour, seven days a week, 365 days a year condition from which one cannot take a break.
We should take this month, National Diabetes Month, to recognize the parents of little ones who struggle with their children on a daily basis, waking up at night to check their blood glucose numbers and worrying if they will go low during their time at school. Kudos to spouses, too, who endure the battle with their partners.
Even though diabetes is a complex disease, simple steps taken to prevent or delay the complications of the disease are extremely effective and proven to work. They include:
- eating smaller meals
- eating more complex carbohydrates
- getting regular exercise
Research indicates that regular exercise and moderate weight loss can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes among adults at high risk. Let’s spread the word. Visit http://www.eatright.org or http://www.diabetes.org for further information.
Vasanthi Prabhaker, MS, RD, CDE