November is National Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a disease which affects how the body uses glucose. There are three types: Type I (Juvenile Diabetes), Type II (Adult Onset Diabetes) and Gestational (Diabetes associated with Pregnancy). Insulin is the hormone that moves the sugar from your blood into the cells. If you are Diabetic, the body either does not make enough insulin or does not use the insulin well. Diabetes affects some 26 million people in the United States which accounts for eight percent of the population with many more being at risk. Diabetes is a complex disease and it requires regular care. It is very important that you get the education and motivation you need to manage this disease. In an effort to increase awareness about Diabetes, here are a few tips to consider when planning your meals. If you have Diabetes: 1) you need to eat the right foods in the right amounts 2) know what and when to eat and 3) know how much to eat as well. If you are Diabetic and or suspect that you might be, contact a Dietitian or Diabetes Educator and let them give you the skills and tools you need to successfully manage this disease state.
And to all my Kidney Patients this applies to you too.
Chow Ms. Diva RD.