American Diabetes Month: Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases, which are characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin properly. With roughly 29 million Americans living with the disease, the diabetes is currently the 7th leading cause of death.
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Gestational Diabetes - Risk Factors: Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women who get high blood pressure. This is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy and can cause the baby to grow very large, leading to complications during delivery. Although gestational diabetes usually resolves on its own after giving birth, the baby could still be born with low blood sugar, yellowish skin and eyes (jaundice), or breathing problems. If you are diagnosed with it, your doctor can help you to keep your blood sugar under control throughout your pregnancy. To avoid complications during pregnancy, be sure to know the risk factors involved with gestational diabetes:
American Diabetes Association Alert Day (Tuesday, March 28, 2017): This annual event is a wake-up call for the American public to recognize the seriousness of diabetes. Held annually on the 4th Tuesday of March, the ADA's Alert Day puts special emphasis on the dangers of undiagnosed or untreated cases of type 2 diabetes. Another goal of the event is encourage the masses to take the Diabetes Risk Test. All are urged to complete the test (shouldn't take longer than a minute), share it, and take steps toward living a healthy and active lifestyle. The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986.
Living with a Spouse with Diabetes: Diabetes is an extremely difficult disease to live with. Patients living with diabetes are forced to make drastic changes to their diet and lifestyle. This can cause both emotional and physical complications that put strain on patients and their families.
Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that are characterized by the body’s inability to effectively produce insulin, which causes elevated levels of blood glucose. If a person living with diabetes does not adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, their condition can lead to handful of serious health complications.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that affects an individual’s blood glucose levels. Today, roughly 29.1 million Americans are living with diabetes, accounting for 9.3% of the total U.S. population. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, regularly monitoring your glucose levels can help you to take the necessary steps in regulating your blood sugar and live a healthy life. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to Monitor Your Blood Sugar:
What is Minority Health Month?
Minority Health Month is meant to promote awareness of the health disparities that affect minorities, and to improve the health status among minority populations. This year’s theme is “Accelerating Health Equity for the Nation.” Did you know that Hispanics are 1.7 times more likely than whites to have diabetes, while African Americans are twice as likely as whites to have diabetes?
What is World Health Day?
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on the 7th of April. It is sponsored by the World Health Organization. World Health Day is meant to celebrate the WHO’s founding, and is also seen as an opportunity to garner international attention to an appropriate subject of major importance to global health each year. The WHO organizes global, regional, and local events related to a particular theme for the Day. World Health Day is recognized by various governments and non-governmental organizations with interests in public health issues, who also organize activities and highlight their support in media reports, such as the Global Health Council. World Health Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by WHO. These also include World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.
What is Type 1 Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus type 1 (also known as type 1 diabetes, or T1D; formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes or juvenile diabetes) is a metabolic disease. It occurs when the immune system destroys beta cells in the pancreas. Beta cells produce a hormone called insulin. This hormone is needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells in order to produce energy. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. Type 1 is more common among white people than in African Americans. Women and men are affected equally. Although the disease typically starts in individuals under the age of 20, it can occur at any stage of life.