{Diabetes Awareness Month} Thoughts 1-4

by Leighann on November 4, 2013

Diabetes Awareness Month 2013Every single day during the month of November, which is Diabetes Awareness Month, I will share a fact, tip, or thought across my social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.

Most snippets will be about 140 characters, the allowable length of a tweet. Some might be longer.

If you see one of them on Twitter or Facebook, please retweet or share to help raise awareness to your friends and family who may not know much about diabetes.

Please remember that I never give medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or pediatrician for advice about your own child. Make your own informed decisions for your own child.

1. Type 1 diabetes has no known cause and no cure. It is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks beta cells in the pancreas.

2. Type 1 diabetes was formerly called “juvenile diabetes,” a misnomer because children don’t outgrow it when they become adults.

3. In one year, a person with type 1 diabetes will give him/herself a minimum of 1,460 injections.

4. Minimally, a person with type 1 diabetes checks his/her blood sugar 4 times a day. That’s more than 1,460 painful finger sticks a year.

Further Reading

Kids First, Diabetes Second Book

Diabetes Awareness Month Page on D-Mom Blog

World Diabetes Day Posts

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel November 4, 2013 at 8:33 am

Regarding #2, it’s also a misnomer because it can be diagnosed in adulthood. A lot of doctors and insurance companies don’t understand that.

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2 StephenS November 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Looking forward to reading all month long! Love your DAM graphic too.

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