Each year in the month of November, the National Diabetes Month is celebrated and the communities across the country observe this day to bring awareness to Diabetes and its impact on millions of people. The government and the media are more concerned to increase the awareness among the people and are focused on the need to slow the “widespread” growth of Diabetes and pre-Diabetes in the United States.
However, the efforts to end Diabetes was first started by the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes campaign. This campaign helps people to take an online risk test to measure their personal risk of developing pre-Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes. Then they refer them to a specialist who can recheck their test results, suggest a high risk, and how to come out of it.
Living with Diabetes can be challenging to everyone as managing it is a big task. While this is an essential month for the people to know more about it, you have teams who can help you to get proper knowledge on how you can plan your diet and get rid of it.
But what if you already have Diabetes or someone in your family has it? Is there anything in National Diabetes Month for you? Yes, of course, there is! For people who already have Diabetes, it’s a good time as any to take a look at your Diabetes management and ask yourself how things are going and how you need to work on them.
Commit yourself to new healthy habits for one month. Here are some tips for you which may help you to have good health:
Lifestyle habits — are not just eating and exercising. But you have to know the best way to manage your general health and your Diabetes management. While these habits may affect your blood glucose levels directly, and others may have a more indirect effect, allowing or preventing you from carrying out your daily practices.
More sleep — Not getting enough sleep can increase insulin resistance, meaning your body needs more insulin to get glucose into your cells. This can lead to higher blood glucose levels and is supposed to have other negative health effects. Whereas, the inadequate sleep also tends to leave you feeling fatigued during the day, and believe it makes harder for you to exercise, eat right, think good, remember, and cope with stress.
Drink more water — Dehydration can make you feel tired and because thirst is often mistaken for hunger, it can also make you eat more. Drinking more water can make you feel soothed and help your body function in the better way. But, remember if you’re not dehydrated, drinking more water in place of caloric or alcoholic beverages will probably be good for your health. While the calories consumed in liquids don’t incline to satisfy hunger the way calories in food do, so make a habit to intake more liquids, and quench your thirst with water, then eat food if you’re hungry.
Try to inspect your feet every day. Yes, you may not probably find nothing of great attention on your feet in a month of daily checking, but it’s never too early to familiarize yourself with what your feet normally look like. In this way, if you find any changes then this will help you to know more why you see changes in your body and see a specialist.
Try a new fruit or vegetable — Fruits and vegetables offer many nutrition benefits, which include fiber, potassium, and other vitamins and minerals that are essential for everyone. While the amounts of various nutrients vary from different fruits and vegetables with more darker-colored, they produce more nutrients. Consuming such variety of fruits and veggies is an excellent way to gain a full range of benefits.
How to celebrate this day
Find a Diabetes-related event or activity that takes place in your area. As you will find many organizations sponsor events such as health fairs, walkathons, support groups, bike rides, and other activities that are aimed at raising public awareness of Diabetes, or offering education and support to people living with Diabetes. Not all of them take place during November, but most will have information available on when and how to sign up for upcoming events.