Hyperglycemia is an outcome arising out of an excessively raised blood sugar level in diabetes. Due to the buildup of sugar in blood, there can be increased urination causing the kidneys to lose glucose (through urine). It is practically feasible for people with type 2 diabetes to lead an active life with limited medical intervention. This post may seem like more of a public service announcement for the American Diabetes Association. Leading up to American Diabetes Awareness Month in November (which includes World Diabetes Day on Nov. People can answer that question through a video submission, in a contest that the ADA is promoting online.
Aside from this video contest, people are also encouraged to join this "movement" in other ways, such as giving, volunteering, learning, and advocating.
However, I'm a little bothered by this message overall to "Stop Diabetes." To me, it seems to imply that we can just "flick a switch" and somehow stop diabetes. I want to cure diabetes, which is something that the JDRF is obviously the leading organization on that front.
Ditto!I guess at this stage of the game Mike I am happy to unite with other type 1's to educate and advocate. I knew D was a sign of the coming of our robot overlords!!Seriously tho, simply by the title, the program seems to be directed at type 2. Many people are not aware of the risk factors and complications which type 2 diabetes mellitus can bring along with, both in the short and long run.
Consequently, glucose (sugar) cannot get into the body’s cells and their functioning gets impaired. Many of them can be controlled when you know what puts your health at risk for the illness and the adverse effects which are likely to come. It may create an overwhelming reaction creating apprehensiveness of the long-term health outcomes and effects on everyday life.
This damage can also appear as atherosclerosis, or hardening of the large arteries, making way for heart attack and stroke.
Type 2 diabetes can also reduce life expectancy by about 10 years and can be especially concerning for the health and well being of children. Severe illness may develop into a life-threatening complication. Type 2 diabetes, also referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes, can pose problems in the short run also.
Some people may even not remain drug-dependant if they bring in favorable lifestyle changes.
Apparently, more than 600,000 people have joined this movement (as reported by the latest ADA figures) and the ADA is very focused on letting people know the organization is the largest national movement to Stop Diabetes. To me, that's what World Diabetes Day does for me - it bridges a gap that the two leading groups aren't willing to bridge at this point. I just want everyone to work together in that mission and advocating for the best possible way we can all Live With Diabetes successfully short of it no longer existing.
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I'm very proud of the diabetes journalism work there, so make sure to go check out that "diabetes newspaper with a personal twist." Meanwhile, it's fun keeping tabs on my personal life adventures here at The Corner Booth. Being diagnosed with diabetes may not only affect you but your loved ones as well who now need to be aware of your additional medical and non-medical needs in living a healthy life. Weight management is an important aspect of managing and living with type 2 diabetes as it promotes the body to utilize insulin appropriately. Once the video submissions are complete, the public will be able to vote for the most compelling video.
Most recently, Rite Aid has joined this campaign and is offering incentives for people to take Diabetes Risk Tests, distributing D-guides at every pharmacy counter, and hosting more than 1,200 free D-clinics during November.
I commend the ADA for wanting to raise more awareness overall about diabetes, and some of the materials it offers online do encourage that and even touch on Type 1 - something that many long-time Adult Type 1s see as a shortcoming of the ADA.
Really, it taps into that ongoing longtime feeling by so many that the ADA is just T2 focused, that it refuses to weave Type 1 into its larger advocacy marketing.
They both have their bottom lines and goals, and the overall elimination of diabetes of any type isn't their focus - it's "stopping" or "curing" it and then claiming their mission has been met. Even though type 2 diabetes is the form affecting most people suffering from diabetes, it is possible to lead a healthy and active life with minimum complications with the right resources like appropriate information and support.
In the end, the top 3 finalists will receive an Apple iPad and the winner will be a part of a Stop Diabetes public service announcement.
We had a great conversation with group leadership earlier this year in Orlando, and some of what they said was encouraging - though we shall see what comes from all of that.
Whatever inspires and maybe makes someone else aware of what they can do, or what they might need to know. I commend our fellow D-blogger and social media guru Dayle Kern for working with the ADA on this front and being a part of the solution. I want there to be a huge focus on a cure and yet the reality is we need that AND we need a huge focus on educating the public and helping them change their lifestyles.
But in looking at this campaign, my natural feelings of Type 1 getting the short end of a stick come to mind. So much of this seems as though it's just the ADA trying to boost its numbers and membership and not truly embracing what it professes to embrace. We try to give them the benefit of the doubt and move on, hoping for something we aren't expecting.
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