November is National Diabetes Month, so it is time to focus on healthy choices and how they influence your life. There are a lot of myths that surround diabetes but raising awareness can help settle those myths with facts.

Some people believe that people with diabetes have to follow a special diet. That’s not true. People with diabetes have to follow a healthy, balanced diet with proper portion sizes, which is of health benefit to everyone. Another common myth is that being overweight causes diabetes. While it is true that obesity increases your likelihood of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, other factors enter the picture, like genetics, age, and ethnicity. You can help set the record straight on diabetes by getting actively involved in National Diabetes Month to get the word out.

Daily Practice

Living with diabetes is possible, but success hinges on your ability to commit to daily habits that will help support your health. Make sure that you are getting regular medical care. Visit your doctor at least twice a year to make sure that your medication is up-to-date and that your blood sugars are being well-managed.

Get educated about nutrition and plan your meals. You’ve got to understand the role that carbohydrates play in setting blood sugar levels and work your diet accordingly. Another excellent management tool is daily exercise; at least 30 minutes a day.

Be Proactive to Avoid Complications

One of the unfortunate parts of diabetes is all of the complications that can ensue. Never ignore warning signs. If you feel numbness, burning, or tingling in your feet, get medical help. Inspect your feet regularly for injury. Diabetes causes nerve damage, which can reduce your sensation and lead to infection.

Build your Support Group

Your chances of success in managing diabetes and living a full life will increase dramatically if you surround yourself with support. As a start, circle yourself with friends and family who are supportive of your efforts to eat healthily and exercise. Lifestyle changes are hard, and every word of encouragement helps.

Consider joining a support group at your community center or hospital. You can share similar experiences with others, discuss challenges and discover solutions.

World Diabetes Day November 14th

While the entire month of November is set aside for diabetes awareness, November 14th is the day for a global campaign.

In 1991, the World Diabetes Association, in conjunction with the World Health Organization introduced World Diabetes Day in direct response to the swiftly rising rates of diabetes diagnosis around the world. Because much of diabetes are either preventable or manageable, simply by being aware and proactive about your health, it was deemed necessary to increase awareness.

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