It’s National Diabetes Awareness month. Who knew there was such a thing? And WHY would it be the month that’s supposed to be about Thankfulness, but it really all about food, like CANDY from Halloween and turkey and OMG STUFFING AND MASHED POTATOES!
WHAT THE HELL!
That being said, I have Type 2 Diabetes, and I know that I’m really lucky to have found out right away- and to have to opportunity to get it all under control and even reverse it, or at least put it in remission. I’m also lucky to not be insulin dependent, like my Dad, and can get some help with medications, like Metformin. That being said, I have to do my part and eat sensibly, and get my butt moving,and I haven’t been doing that so much the past 2 weeks. Eating, ok, but moving? NOPE. So now it’s time to get back on track.
Here’s a few facts about Diabetes you might not know:
- Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
- About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.
- If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.
- Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
- People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.
- Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
- Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
- And here’s what I’m planning on doing to help kick Diabetes to the curb!
Don’t be hatin’ on my cool sunglasses. Because of Diabetes, I have to wear prescription sunglasses, and I had to abandon my cool Oakleys. SOB.
Join me on MyFitnessPal & Fitbit as WendyDelmo to help support me and keep me accountable!