I would think this time of year is especially difficult for the 24 million people in this country who have diabetes. That is more than likely why the American Diabetes Association chose to declare November as their Diabetes Awareness month with Bret Michaels, the lead vocalist for glam metal band Poison, and winner of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, whose also had type 1 diabetes since childhood, as their spokesperson.
Did you know “1 out of every 3 children (and 1 in 2 minority children) born in the United States today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue?” I nearly cried when a mother posted on my blog
about how sad her daughter is when she can’t have any of the treats due to her type 1 diabetes on Halloween. I’d never thought about that before, and I will definitely be stocking non-sweet treats (little party favors would work great here) next year. It’s so much more thoughtful of the children with diabetes and various food allergies, plus I think it is a win/win in the fight against rapidly growing childhood obesity rates. That can’t be a bad thing either.
As if Halloween wasn’t tricky enough to deal with, now there is a whole party season laced with fatty, sugary food mines to navigate ahead. Diet plays a huge role in managing the disease and avoiding the very serious, even deadly complications that are associated with it – the American Diabetes Association is a great source of information for what you can eat, how much, and when. I also wanted to point you all in the direction of some great traditional Thanksgiving sides
modified by Robyn Webb, so the diabetic in your household can enjoy the holiday safely and guilt free.
There are so many fun and wonderful ways you can get involved and make a difference in the fight against diabetes. Right now there is a 30 second video competition to tell “why you want to stop diabetes,” and three entries will win an iPad
! If you donate by November 15th
, a vision care company (loss of vision is a common complication of the disease) will triple your donations, or you can dress in blue on November 14th
. You can share on facebook
, or you can even “shop to stop diabetes
.” How will you help stop diabetes?