November is American Diabetes Month! This year’s campaign – We Stand Greater Than – promotes a message of hope and empowerment for people living with diabetes. And for those who love them and stand by their side.
As part of this initiative, we encourage each of you to brush up on your diabetes knowledge and take action by spreading awareness and providing resources to others.
Did you know?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states there are more than 34 million adults living with diabetes in the United States. And one in five of them don’t know they have it.
There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes (diabetes while pregnant). About 90-95% of people with diabetes have Type 2, which develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adulthood.
With diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as efficiently as it should. Which can cause serious health problems over time.
Diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death. But now people living with diabetes are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Resources for people living with diabetes and their families
Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk for diabetes (Type 2). And those already living with diabetes can take steps to remain safe during this pandemic and start thriving with diabetes.
Here are some valuable resources provided by the ADA.
Get answers for some of the most common questions related to COVID-19 and diabetes.
Explore nutrition information to figure out what works for you to help manage your blood sugar.
Get help with health insurance and prescription assistance.
Additionally, check out EMS Safety’s How to Respond to a Diabetic Emergency blog to better prepare yourself for responding to this medical emergency.
To learn more about how to respond in a medical emergency, find a Training Center in your area.