As a blogger I get all kinds of opportunities to learn more stuff and then I get to tell you about it. Today I want to bring light to the Diabetes problem we have in our country.
In case you didn’t know, November is American Diabetes Month so Claire and I headed over to the ADA office in Costa Mesa, California to learn more about this prevalent but often misunderstood disease.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes! –
The ADA is the largest non-profit advocacy group that leads the fight against Diabetes and as far as I can tell, they’re doing a really good job at this. Until a few months ago, I didn’t know much about diabetes.
For me, diabetes was something Grandma and fat people had. It never really occurred to me to learn more about it because it seems to be everywhere and the bits and pieces I picked up from conversations seemed to be enough to have a good understanding of the disease.
The fact is that I was completely wrong. There are two kinds of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. One of them is genetic so if it runs in the family, you are at risk! The other one is affected by genetics but it can be avoided and prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.
Do you know which one is which? I didn’t until today.
I’ll tell you which one is later but before I do, the point I want to make is that diabetes affects people of all walks of life, and it affects people that are apparently healthy as much as it affects people that appear to be ill.
The worse part about Diabetes is that it is a slow, chronic and relatively manageable and mild disease. Until it isn’t.
Recently, my grandma passed away and diabetes played a huge part on that. Even though she had a long and fruitful life, I don’t doubt that she would still be with us if it weren’t for diabetes. Another close call to home is that my friend of almost twenty years was recently diagnosed as well.
Today, during our visit to the ADA office, I asked what was the biggest enemy facing advocacy groups like the ADA. The response was complacency and ignorance. You see, avoiding, preventing and in worse case scenario, managing the disease is relatively simple.
The problem is that most people don’t know that some of their daily habits contribute to this disease. Many times we are accustomed to certain types of food, or activities that facilitate the development of diabetes.
For example, a high fat, high sugar and highly processed food diet will be a big contributing factor on diabetes. A great alternative to such a diet would be one that is balanced with minimal fat, no refined sugar and food that is processed without additives or synthetic chemicals and preservatives.
A good diet to help you fight diabetes should have vegetables, fruits, grains and a healthy serving of protein. Try to avoid lard, saturated fat, flour, sugar and added salt. All these ingredients directly affect our bodies and our propensity for diabetes. This is also how I was able to shed almost forty pounds in the past three to four months.
Several bloggers and I ended up making some plans with the ADA to help them spread the word about American Diabetes Month and Diabetes in general, so this is why you’re seeing this post. I hope you enjoy all that I’m going to share with you.
Over the next month, and hopefully all year round you’ll notice people using the hashtag #stopdiabetes. Please take a moment to help spread the word by liking, sharing, commenting and generally learning more about diabetes.
If you help by learning, and then help your kids and family apply what you have learned you’ll have done a huge part towards fighting this nasty disease.