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Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, National Diabetes Awareness Month is an important time, as the month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes prevention and management.

Type 1 diabetes, previously referred to as “juvenile diabetes,” is caused by the pancreas’ failure to produce enough insulin, and the second type, Type 2 diabetes, is due to the body’s rejection of the insulin created by the pancreas. Used to be diagnosed primarily among adults, but the number of children with Type 2 diabetes is growing.

Take Preventative Measures

While Type 1 diabetes occurs as a result of the pancreas’ inability to produce insulin, Type 2 can often be avoided with a little preventative care. Below are a few things you can do to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes:

  • Watch your weight. Weight gain is the single biggest cause of the start of Type 2 diabetes, which means if you start to see the scale tipping too far, it’s time to make some lifestyle adjustments.
  • Exercise. Even if lifting weights isn’t your thing, there are lots of ways to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle: take up hiking, go for lots of walks, swim, join a class at the local gym… anything that gets your body moving a few times a week.
  • Eat well. As the saying goes “you can’t outrun your fork,” so be mindful of cooking healthy meals packed with fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible.

Find Supports

Connecting with other individuals who are managing their diabetes can help create a sense of community, and can go a long way towards psychological success and good mental health.

Manage Your Diabetes

Do you have diabetes? Then take a look at these important steps to take to keep it under control and stay as healthy as possible:

  • Floss. Gum disease can have a negative impact on your ability to manage your diabetes, so make a point to practice good dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing, to keep your gums as healthy as possible.
  • Drink lots of water. Not only does staying hydrated help your body work properly but replacing sugary or carb-heavy drinks with water can help manage your weight and help you feel fuller, longer.
  • Check your feet regularly. One of the first areas to start showing signs that something is wrong are your feet since diabetes can affect blood circulation and prevent blood from properly reaching your feet.The World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day, which occurs on November 14th, many activities and events are planned in support of people with diabetes and aimed at raising awareness. Visit www.idf.org for more information about events in your area.

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