Type 1 Tuesday 03.22.11 and Diabetes Alert Day

by Leighann on March 22, 2011

D-Mom Blog Type 1 Tuesday

Featured D-Blogs of the Week

Here are some of my favorite posts I have read recently:

Stacey of Stacey Simms Blog Time for a Change? (If only our kids really could shoot blue lasers from their bodies! Stacey is looking for PWD and parent perspectives on insulin pumps and CGM’s.)

Penny of A Sweet Grace Changer of Lancets (How often do you change your child’s lancet? We change ours every single time. We might be in the minority.)

Lorraine of This is Caleb Mrs. Muller The Standard (Hear why Mrs. Muller is an awesome teacher and why she was nominated to win the A Day Made Better OfficeMax gift card from D-Mom Blog earlier this year.)

Allison of Diabetes Mine Gathering Round the Diabetes Campfire (Time to start thinking about summer camps! Q isn’t old enough this year, but next year she will be. D-Mom Blog has a LONG list of diabetes camps grouped by region. Please let me know if you’ve written about your child’s camping experience, I would love to link to your post.)

Amy of Too Sweet Too Much Too Soon (I’m so with Amy on this one. Kids should be kids and while we should let them take some responsibility for their own diabetes care, it needs to be age appropriate.)

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Diabetes Alert Day

I know that because we have children with Type 1 diabetes, we often gloss over news about Type 2, but today is Diabetes Alert Day and it’s worth taking a look at our own risk of Type 2.

We spend so much time managing our children’s conditions that I would bet many of us aren’t taking the time to take care of ourselves. (Raises hand!)

From the American Diabetes Association:

Let’s face it. Type 2 diabetes has an image problem. There’s a stereotype that it only affects people who make poor lifestyle choices. But, in fact, factors such as age, ethnicity, pregnancy and family history also play a role.

So, on March 22nd – American Diabetes Alert Day – we are launching a new risk test that will live on Facebook and on stopdiabetes.com. It’s meant to be quick, easy and well…important.

(There are) 26 million children and adults diagnosed in the United States and an additional 79 million living with prediabetes.

I took the test and my risk of prediabetes or diabetes is “low.” My one risk factor was having a family member with diabetes. However it didn’t ask if I have a family member with Type 1 or Type 2. I have no history of Type 2 in my family and my daughter is the only one in my blood line with Type 1 that I know of.

The website did offer this tip:

Control what you can. You can’t do anything about aging, but you can become more active and eat healthier.

They’re right about that!


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1 Angela (Toucan Scraps) March 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

I’m the same as you on the risk factors, and the only relatives with diabetes are my pair of t1 kids

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2 Ann Onimous March 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

My risk is outrageously high. We have more T2 in our families than I care to think about. In my current household alone, four out of five of us have experienced diabetes first hand: MIL and my hubby are both T2, our daughter is T1, and I had gestational. I have worked hard and lost a lot of weight, but it’s starting to come back: I know the triggers, but have had a hard time avoiding them the last few months.

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3 Lorraine March 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the shout out and the opportunity to acknowledge Mrs. Muller this way. It’s had such a wonderful and rewarding reaction for her and she really deserves it.

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