November Is Diabetes Awareness Month
Managing and Preparing for Every Circumstance
Diabetes is a serious disease with no cure. However, there are many ways people can manage it to minimize its impact on their lifestyle. Over 29 million Americans have diabetes and 1 out of every 4 is completely unaware they have it. There are three types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is when the body doesn’t create enough insulin which regulates the bodies blood sugar. Type 1 is a far less common form of diabetes and approximately 5% of those who have diabetes have type 1. Though extensive research has been done, no one knows yet how to prevent type 1.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease it occurs when the body can’t use insulin properly and is unable to regulate its blood sugar and keep it at normal levels. Nine out of 10 people with diabetes has type 2 and it has been linked to several risk factors including being overweight, physically inactive, and being directly related to someone with type 2 diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is when a pregnant woman develops diabetes during her pregnancy and can be a risk to the mother and baby. Gestational diabetes often develops around the 24th week of pregnancy and is the abnormally high blood sugar levels. The cause of gestational diabetes is unknown however it is believed that the many hormones from the placenta and developing baby can block the mothers insulin in her body. It can also lead to type 2 diabetes later in life.
Living Right and Preparing Well:
Today, there are numerous options for managing all types of diabetes with and without medication. From healthy eating and exercising habits to medications proven to help, it’s possible to not only live with your diabetes, but thrive with it too. Maintaining a healthy diet and monitoring your blood sugar is essential to helping your body regulate its sugar levels better. Exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight can not only reduce your risk but also improve your body’s blood sugar. Take advantage of the research and resources made available through organizations like the CDC and American Diabetes Association. You can prepare yourself and those you love by taking advantage of new technologies that allow you prepare for an emergency ahead of time like Smart911.
How does Smart911 help me or my loved ones with Diabetes?
-Create a Smart911 Safety Profile: https://www.smart911.com
-List your type of Diabetes and the degree of the signs and symptoms. Include any medications being taken or and their location in the home.
Why does creating a Smart911 Safety Profile help?
-Put in your address and medical information. If ever there is an emergency, your Safety Profile will allow 9-1-1 call takers to know medications you may or may not be on and share that information with EMS and medication location within the home.
-At the 9-1-1 center, they can append a note to the person’s address and mobile number, which could be leveraged in an emergency (Example: Amanda Jessup has type 1 Diabetes. Medication is located in upstairs hall bathroom cabinet above the sink).
-In your Safety Profile, you can write in the notes section what hospital you or your loved one is associated with so that a first responder can bring the patient to their health care provider for financial reasons and convenience.