November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes:  A Family Affair

November is Diabetes Month, a time to pause and take stock of our collective efforts in managing and preventing diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s over 9% of the total US population and the cost of managing this disease was a staggering $327 billion in 2017.

The tragedy in dealing with this gigantic financial cost to our healthcare systems worldwide is we often overlook the burden on the family. The uncompensated care and support provided by family members and loved ones who play a huge role in improving the health outcomes for people living with diabetes. We don’t always consider the emotional toll of the disease and in some cases the complete disintegration of family units when, one or both parents are lost suddenly to complications of diabetes.

Let’s begin this holiday season by celebrating the superheroes in our families and communities. Our loved ones and neighbors who go above and beyond in providing the support we need to live happy healthy lives. We should take some time and assess our risk for diabetes. Our daily priorities should reflect our commitment to healthy living such as making time for more home cooked healthy meals and going out for 30 minutes walks most days of the week. We should evaluate the support structure we have in place and take advantage of available community resources.

Managing diabetes can feel overwhelming at times, but taking small steps every day to improve our lifestyle choices can make a huge difference. This edition is packed with helpful tips and Fun community events.  For more information on community resources, visit: https://www.diabetesfreedc.com/

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