Sunday, November 1, 2009

Diabetes Awareness Month...It's On!

And so begins November, diabetes awareness month.  There's so much going on!  Where to start?  Here's a few ideas to stir the diabetes advocate in all of us.

  • Take those teachable moments this month and do something with them.  Instead of smiling and nodding, really explain why you're testing your or your child's blood.  When a person mentions your "beeper," actually tell them it's an insulin pump that delivers insulin to your body...and...not just to keep you healthy, but to keep you alive.  Explain to someone who thinks diabetes means staying away from sugar, that, in all seriousness, sugar is extremely necessary in diabetes.  (You know, I'm writing all these suggestions down because, really, I need to do these things too!)

  • Sign a petition!  Sign the Google Doodle petition.  It's asking Google to light their homepage doodle in blue to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day (November 14th).

  • Join diabetes social site like TuDiabetes or T1P (Type 1 Parents).

  • On World Diabetes Day (November 14th) there will be a whole diabetes community blood glucose check at 2:00 pm eastern time.  Check and post the number on your twitter account, facebook, blog or website.

  • And, don't forget to wear blue!

If we take even these small steps together, we can help raise awareness.

1 comment:

  1. You are right. We need to take this month and really teach people the facts about diabetes and living with diabetes. Hopefully we can continue to do that even after the month ends. I really look forward to the "community" test. I will not be home at that time but I will try and log on and post Tristan's number.... or maybe I will use my husband's account... he never leaves home without his computer! :)


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