World Diabetes Day November 14th

Over 24 million people in the United States have diabetes.  Add to that, multi-millions of people around the world have diabetes.  Millions of others just in the United States have diabetes and don’t even know it.  Even more have what is called pre-diabetes and aren’t aware that if they change their diet and exercise routine, they could avoid getting full-blown diabetes.

Over the past few decades there have been more and more campaigns to bring awareness to this disease that could ultimately be fatal if not kept under control.

Part of the awareness campaigns have been to help people understand the symptoms of diabetes, the side effects, the care and control of the disease and how to get medical care for diabetes.One of the results of all these efforts is that the month of November has become Diabetes month, with November 14th being World Diabetes Day.  World Diabetes Day is a day that is set aside throughout the world to bring awareness and attention to diabetes to as many people as possible.  Health centers, hospitals, community clinics, senior centers, pharmacies and other places where individuals might visit frequently will have everything from information about diabetes symptoms, healthy eating and moderate exercise to actual testing for diabetes for a reduced rate or for free, depending on the area and upon the organization sponsoring the event.

To show solidarity, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, just some of the many noted landmarks who will “go blue”, including a number of cities and towns in the United States.  They will dim their lights to create a notable blue hue commemorating World Diabetes Day.  In addition, since Austin, Texas has one of the highest numbers of individuals with diabetes in the United States, they will create blue lighting for their most notable landmark buildings including City Hall to show their resolve in the fight against diabetes and “to cast a blue light of awareness across the city skyline” on World Diabetes Day.

Diabetes is a serious illness which can bring on everything from strokes and heart attacks to blindness and kidney disease requiring dialysis.  If diabetes is not controlled – usually by medication and healthy living – the combination of issues that come about as a result of diabetes being out of control could lead to the death of an individual.

The main symptoms are frequent urination, constant thirst, tiredness, irritability and more.  If you are having any of these issues on a recurrent basis, it is important to get checked for diabetes – even if it is a case of ruling out the disease.

Diabetes is a very insidious disease.  It builds up over time, and by the time that you figure out you have it, a lot of damage that is often irreversible has been done to your body.  It is important to get checked for diabetes whether you think you have it or not.  Doing so could ultimately save your life.

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