Today marks the 20th annual ADA national Diabetes Alert Day, a day set aside to spread the word about taking steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes. See this nice little article on all that, including risk factors and a quiz to help people identify early signs of metabolic syndrome.
So here's my Diabetes-Alert-Day Challenge, a three-step procedure:
1) For those who already have diabetes, why not consider today "tell-a-friend day"? Talk to someone in your life about what it's like to live with diabetes -- ideally someone who doesn't yet know the basics, like the difference between Type 1 and Type 2. If everybody "told two friends, and they told two friends," we could do a lot towards eradicating ignorance.
2) Make a donation. I don't care if it's just $5 or $10. Maybe today is a good day to go to the JDRF site and show them that we still stand behind them, despite recent tribulations (a travel reimbursement scam). After all, it was they who identified the internal thievery themselves and ousted the guilty parties, without any outside intervention.
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3) Do something "mentor-ish" today -- maybe sign up for Sanofi's A1c champions program, or check out your local programs, like the one mentioned here in North Carolina. The idea is to help somebody new to this thing. (Diabetech recently illustrated what a difference mentoring can make -- especially when augmented by technology -- with its GlucoPALS program.)
Let me know what you've all done, and if you have any other ideas how we can "claim" this day to help our community, either this year or next.
btw, today seems like a good day for a few additional D-community public service announcements:
* Producers of dietary supplements that supposedly "cure your diabetes" have been taken to task. They are facing federal fraud charges for their bogus claims. Right on.
* Are you a female athlete with Type 1 diabetes? "The Sisterhood of Diabetes" Editor Judith Jones Ambrosini is expanding her latest essay "Sisterhood of Female Athletes" into a book. "If you would like to tell your personal story as a part of the collection, whose purpose is to inspire every young girl, teen, and woman with diabetes to live the life of their dreams," please contact Judith HERE.
* Ever feel like your doctor is just "treating the numbers"? Is he or she just honing in on trying to get every patient's test results into a certain target range, without fully understanding the health or life implications? Listen to this excellent NPR radio story on challenging that approach.
Happy D-Alerting today!