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November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month

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Source: Support Diabetes Awareness

Dr. Mario Trucillo, Managing Editor of The American Recall Center, kindly asked me if I would help raise awareness and write a blog in regards to an increasing illness in our society…DIABETES.  (The American Recall Center – Life with Diabetes: What to Know From Diabetic Bloggers.)  I am always honored to promote health information on my blog 🙂

There are a few types of Diabetes – Type I, Type II, and Gestational.  All of them are very important to discuss, but I would like to focus on Type II because it is preventable.

You might ask, “What exactly is Diabetes?”.  Basically you have too much glucose (blood sugar) in your blood.  Glucose is an important source of energy for your muscle and tissue cells.  It is also your brain’s main source of fuel, as well.  Diabetes can lead to serious health problems.  It can affect your eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves…most of all, your quality of life.  If you experience symptoms like frequent urination; thirst; hunger even though you’ve eaten; extreme fatigue; blurry vision; weight loss; cuts/bruises that health slowly; tingling, pain, or a numb feeling in your hand(s) and/or feet, you should contact your doctor.

By taking simple, positive steps – change your diet, increase your physical activity – you can prevent this disease.  Educate yourself and your family.  There is a lot of information on this disease – on the Internet, magazines, informational pamphlets in stores, etc…  For some quick references, I linked some sites and recent articles below.  Below, I also included an infographic, which is a quick and clear graphic visual of Diabetes information.

If you need more information, PLEASE contact your doctor.

Quick links:

National Diabetes Education Program

American Diabetes Association

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Article from November 13, 2013

Prevention magazine – Diabetes

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