November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Every year, approximately 13,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and nearly 24 million Americans live with this disease. Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Glucose comes from the foods we eat and is the major source of energy needed to fuel the body's functions. Children who have been diagnosed must learn to administer insulin, test blood glucose levels, identify hypoglycemic reactions and follow a strict nutritional and exercise regimen. Needless to say, they have to do a lot of growing up really fast. One out of every three children will have to face the same fate if the current trends continue.
During National Diabetes Awareness Month become involved by informing others of the importance of prevention by living a healthy lifestyle. For more information on how to become a Diabetes Advocate, please visit stopdiabetes.com.