Focus on Diabetes: November is American Diabetes Month
For the month of November, I will cover the important topic of diabetes here at Health Observances, honoring the important work the good people at the American Diabetes Association do every day. 21 million children and adults in the US now have diabetes and 54 million more are at risk. Around the world, 246 million people are diabetics, and that number is expected to grow. The United Nations (UN) recognizes diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease adversely affecting the lives of humanity.
We now have a diabetes epidemic on our hands - and it is a real crisis for all of us. Diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death by disease - and there is no cure. But we can prevent type 2 diabetes and complications of diabetes. The number one thing we can do to prevent type 2 diabetes? Move your body! Take more steps each day. Number two thing? Cut processed food out of your life - start with breakfast. Everyone sees me eating muesli in the morning. What's muesli? It is raw oats, nuts and raisins. A box costs $4.00 and lasts me all week. One bowl in the morning plus an apple with peanut butter is a nutritive rich diet that will keep you happy until lunch. Just try making two small changes this week - walk two extra blocks to work and eat a breakfast of real, non-processed food. Let me know how you feel.
Healthline has over 80 articles about diabetes, including a Diabetes Health Channel. Action Plan for Diabetes, an important online book available exclusively at Healthline, is an invaluable resource for understanding and managing diabetes. Written by Mayo Clinic diabetes expert Darryl E. Barnes M.D. in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine, spend some time with this online book and you will learn things your doctor doesn't have time to discuss with you. All of us know people who are overweight, obese and have type 2 diabetes. It doesn't have to be that way. Put some love into your life and let's kick diabetes together.