With so much of my time this month dedicated to training and the marathon I have yet to talk about Diabetes Awareness Month. The month of November is Diabetes Awareness month and World Diabetes is on the 14th of November. I have been slacking in my attempt to raise diabetes awareness this month, the good news is that i still have plenty of time to raise awareness.
I'm challenging myself and anyone that reads this to just simply explain diabetes a little more to those that don't understand the ins and outs of the disease. For example today a coworker saw me getting ready to test my blood sugar and said "oh man watch out Noonan must be low if he is testing" I would usually just laugh and continue what I was doing. That obviously is not the best way to go about things so today I explained that I don't just test when I'm low or high. I explained that I will test at anytime during the day but usually before I eat or if I feel off in anyway. That was all it took for him to ask more questions so he could learn more about diabetes.
To often we expect people to know far more about diabetes than they do. As diabetics we get upset when someone asks if we have the good kind or the bad kind, or if they say you don't look over weight why did you get diabetes? Rather than a rude response we need to take the time and teach everyone about diabetes. Having our own month is great but we shouldn't change how we treat diabetes just because it is diabetes month. To really make a difference we have to take the time to teach 24/7 365 days a year. Below are some links to websites or blogs that work tirelessly to change diabetes each and everyday.
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