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Here’s a challenge: Track how many activities and good habits you can develop during Diabetes Awareness Month 2017. We offer a variety of all-level physical activities, new places to go, different foods to experience and a little learning about diabetes for each day of the month. However, this is not just for people with diabetes, it’s a way for us all to develop a healthier lifestyle – so enjoy this 2017 Calendar of Activities with your entire family!
Diabetes is a life-altering and life-threatening disease. People diagnosed with the disease are at greater risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, amputations, as well as incurring serious financial and emotional hardship.
Knowing the risks, recognizing the warning signs, and pursuing healthier eating habits and regular physical exercise, is critical to preventing diabetes or effectively managing the disease.
Lifestyle changes can be tough. So, we’re giving you an entire month of activities to get you started on the right track. Some of the regular activities include: Meatless Mondays, New Fruit Tuesday, New Veggie Friday. Each weekend is dedicated to physical activity and getting outdoors. Each day review the activities for the day and click the links to get more information or to complete the activity.
Commit to taking Defeat Diabetes® Challenges by participating in the full month of activities. You can invite family and friends to participate too!
If you don’t have diabetes, Take the Screening Test to determine your risk for developing diabetes.
“What’s worse than finding out you have diabetes? NOT finding out!” Andrew P. Mandell – Mr. Diabetes® and Executive Director Defeat Diabetes Foundation
Foot problems are a big risk for people with diabetes. Diabetic foot care is very important. Neglect can cause severe consequences; minor injuries become major emergencies before you know it. Because diabetes may decrease your blood flow, your injuries can be slow to heal, which puts you at greater risk for infection. Diabetes also affects your immune system and makes it harder to fight infections, so they may spread quickly.
If you have neuropathy you may not recognize that the problem is getting worse. One in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. Nearly 80% of all diabetes related amputations could be avoided with proper and early treatment. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented. Learn More.
It’s very important for people with diabetes to understand and adhere to foot care basics. Lack of proper foot care can lead to an unnecessary amputation. 6 of 10 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur among people with diabetes. That adds up to about 82,000 amputations annually for people with diabetes.
Once an individual has an amputation additional complication and challenges to daily living activities occur. But this doesn’t have to happen to you! Get the basics.
Family Dinners Matter. Idealized in the 1950’s, the family dinner used to be an important ritual in our daily lives. This important ritual can and should be a part of your family routine. Learn why family dinners matter.
It is important to have a comprehensive foot inspection done annually by a health care professional and more frequently if you have foot problems. You may not have an orthopedist or podiatrist. But, if you are a person with diabetes, they should be a critical part of your health team. Here are some tips on how to choose an orthopedist or podiatrist.
The A1c test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
The A1C test reflects the average of a person’s blood glucose levels over the past 3 months. Be sure your doctor checks your A1C at least 4 times yearly. The A1C test result is reported as a percentage. The higher the percentage, the higher a person’s blood glucose levels have been. A normal A1C level is below 5.7 percent. Learn more about the A1C