November is National Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association has a mosaic of photos that people with diabetes have submitted to illustrate what it takes to live each day with the disease. Everyone living with diabetes may submit photos showing their day. I am one of the 5 percent of people with diabetes who have type 1 diabetes. I am dependent upon insulin and wear a pump to provide insulin to my body on a round-the-clock basis. This is what a day in my life looks like.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is sponsoring a different look at a day in the life of diabetes. If you sign up you will receive texts for a day from professional snowboarder Sean Busby. He will text up to 45 times in a day about decisions and actions such as checking his blood sugar and taking insulin so that you can experience what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes.
The International Diabetes Federation has named November 14 World Diabetes Day. There are activities around the globe on that day featuring the current theme, “Education and Prevention.” Did you know:
- There are currently 366 million people living with diabetes. This figure is expected to rise to more than 550 million by 2030.
- Diabetes is responsible for 4.6 million deaths a year — one every seven seconds.
- Diabetes is among the top 10 causes of disability, resulting in life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, lower limb amputations and blindness.
- 50 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.
- 80 percent of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries (WHO)
There are many ways to participate in American Diabetes month. You can find a walk or bike ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association and walk/ride or donate money to someone who is walking/riding. You can advocate or volunteer for diabetes education and research. You can submit a picture to the mosaic, as I did, or you can just take some time to educate yourself about the disease and its toll on an individual’s health and on the economy.
Whether you were just diagnosed with diabetes, have a friend or family member with diabetes, have had the disease long-term or are just curious, the library has materials that will answer most of your questions.