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National Diabetes Awareness Month

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? Diabetes is a metabolic disease that blocks the production of insulin in the body resulting in higher than normal levels of glucose in the blood. According to the CDC, this disease impacts 29 million Americans or over 9% of the population. We need to raise awareness and help raise money for research and treatments.

The theme for this year’s awareness month is “This is Diabetes.” Real-life stories will be showcased while struggles are highlighted, and daily triumphs are recognized.

How to Manage Diabetes on a Daily Basis

Diabetes is a chronic illness meaning it never goes away. At present, there is no cure for diabetes; however, there are many ways that individuals can manage it on a day-to-day basis.

The most important aspect of managing diabetes is keeping track of your blood sugar levels. People with diabetes will also need to limit their carbohydrate intake and make sure that each meal is well balanced with an appropriate portion size. Daily physical activity and lots of hydration are also important when managing diabetes. Depending on the type of diabetes a person has, they may need to take medications such as insulin to regulate their blood sugar.

The Importance of Building a Support System

As with any chronic illness, having friends and family who understand your hardships is ideal. Having loved ones support any lifestyle changes you may need to make after being diagnosed with diabetes will make dealing with the changes easier and more enjoyable. A strong support system is the best way to keep spirits high and maintain positive thinking while adjusting to living with diabetes.

How to Prevent Complications from Diabetes

Recommended treatments for diabetes are often a black or white matter. There are no gray areas when it comes to treatment. Following doctor’s instructions  is crucial. This may include coordinating your meals with taking medications, proper storage of insulin or precautions that you may need to make when switching to a new drug. The best way to prevent complications from diabetes is to be aware of your body and how you are feeling. If something changes or if you don’t feel right, talk to a doctor right away and always inform medical professionals of your diagnosis.

What is World Diabetes Day?

Each year, the entire world acknowledges World Diabetes Day. It takes place on November 14 and involves numerous activities designed to raise awareness of the struggles that individuals with diabetes go through. The increased exposure includes workshops, lectures, radio and television programs, sporting events, runs, walks, bike rides and more. It’s a great opportunity to become active in the diabetes community and share experiences with others who are going through the same thing.

At Roman Plumbing Inc. November is a special month. We are proud to support our customers in Trinity & Murrieta, FL who are affected by diabetes. Call us today at (727) 858-3412 to speak with one of our experts for any of your plumbing problems.