World Diabetes Day

Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:29 pm

Raising Diabetes Awareness
To draw attention to one of the biggest killers of our time, we annually observe World Diabetes Day on November 14. Our goal is to increase awareness about diabetes prevention and control, and put a stop to this epidemic. This year’s World Diabetes Day highlights the need to protect the health of our future generation. This challenge can be accomplished by educating young people about diabetes risk factors, involve kids in health care decisions at home and at school, and provide our children with the knowledge to empower them to manage their health, and reduce their risk for diabetes, by avoiding obesity through healthy eating and physical activity.
Our plan for this occasion includes:
• Understanding diabetes risk factors: mainly obesity, improper eating and sedentary lifestyle.
• Recognizing the early symptoms of diabetes — mainly feeling thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision — and reporting them to your doctor.
• Understanding diabetic complications: medically, socially, psychologically and economically. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to blindness, heart attack, stroke, foot amputation, nerve complications, loss of job and even death.
• Losing weight, if obese, and how to do it gradually.
• Monitoring your children’s body weight and talking to your doctor if you notice that one or more of your children has gained weight.
• Avoiding smoking, active or passive, and make your home, car and work smoke free.
• Practicing exercise regularly — such as brisk walking — for a minimum of 150 minutes a week.
• Consulting your doctor about testing your blood sugar.
• Talking to your family and friends about diabetes and the need to support creating a healthy environment.
World Diabetes Day is an opportunity to assess your risk for diabetes and to adopt a healthy lifestyle to lower it. By doing so, you can reduce your risks for heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer, in addition to improving your quality of life.

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