In honor of National Diabetes Month I want to take a time out to have a moment of silence for this horrific disease. I also want to give a shout out to all the diabetes educators out there, working in the trenches to help people manage this chronic condition. And for my current and former co-workers in the field I want to give a special thanks to you for teaching me all I know and helping me to become the educator I am.
As a Certified Diabetes Educator I work with a variety of levels of disease state, but the one thing that remains the same, is that so often this disease
is preventable. (I am referring only to type 2 for this post). But its not that easy. For many individuals the education wasn't there. They had no
knowledge of the damage this disease could do. For some the knowledge may have been there but the means and the motivation were missing. The reasons
for non-prevention are as varied as the types of diabetes meds on the market. The truth is prevention comes from awareness and advocation.
If you don't have a personal connection to diabetes it is hard to understand the devastation this chronic condition creates. This disease causes depression, it increases a persons risk of developing heart disease as well as a handful of other conditions, research is connecting it to alzheimers, and we are starting to see the diagnosis at a much younger age, even children are at risk. The result of non-management can be amputation, blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, just to name a few.Therefore, to do my part, until December 1st, all of the posts on my website and on my social media feeds are going to be devoted to diabetes. I hope that with my immersion approach that I can impact even just a handful of people, because thats all it takes to make a change.