Work it out Wednesday & Diabetes Awareness Month

Happy #WW Work it out Wednesday!
November is American Diabetes Month!

How will you spread awareness?
We can reduce our risk for diabetes by eating a healthy diet of
real-whole-unprocessed foods, exercising more and enjoy the
GOOD-SWEET Life, naturally!
One of my favorite Morselites, Karen Whittier,
whom I’ve interviewed in the past,
posted a wonderful blog on her Blog site:  EMBRACE ACTIVISM
about  Diabetes and she graciously allowed me to post here
to share with all of you:  THANK YOU, Karen!!!
Please, also check out her incredible YOGA Mats on her site!!
November: Diabetes Awareness Month
By: Karen Whittier  –  11/7/2011

November is the Awareness Month for Diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that develops when the body’s not able to produce enough insulin and/or is ineffectual in its use of insulin. Insulin is a hormone the body creates to change the foods we eat into energy for the body’s use. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 often referred as Juvenile Diabetes occurs when the body’s own immune system destroys insulin producing cells. Those with Type 1 diabetes must take insulin daily. In Type 2 diabetes, individuals are insulin resistant; their bodies do not make enough insulin or the insulin is ineffective in transferring sugar in the blood into the body’s cells where it’s needed. High blood sugar levels can cause serious damage to the body.  Diabetics must track their blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes used to be referred to as Adult-Onset Diabetes, but now it is not uncommon for children and youth to develop Type 2 diabetes. One of the main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes is obesity. In 1963 only 4% of children and youth (6-19yrs of age) were classified as obese. By 2000 that number had jumped to 15% with the trend still on the rise. Besides obesity, other possible reasons for the increase in Type 2 diabetes include a low level of physical activity and exposure to diabetes in the womb.  Signs and symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are:

Type 1 Diabetes
· Frequent urination
· Unusual thirst
· Extreme hunger
· Unusual weight loss
· Extreme fatigue and Irritability

Type 2 Diabetes*
· Any of the Type 1 symptoms
· Frequent infections
· Blurred vision
· Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
· Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
· Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms

The costs of Type 2 diabetes are staggering affecting quality of life and lifespan on an individual basis plus placing a huge demand on public health programs as well as impacting worker productivity. Awareness and early detection are key for breast cancer. Awareness and early detection of diabetes is important to get started on treatment and reduce the risk of developing complications from diabetes. Embrace Activism is all about PREVENTION; maintaining a healthy weight eating nutritious foods and exercising your body actively, minimum 30 min/day, 5x/week for adults and a minimum 60 min/day, 5x/week for children and youth are two lifestyle choices in your control that can prevent or at least delay Type 2 diabetes.  Empower yourself!

Health, Wellness & CURES!!

Information provided from the following websites:
American Diabetes AssociationHealthfinderJuvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,National Library of Medicine

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6 thoughts on “Work it out Wednesday & Diabetes Awareness Month”

  1. Thank you, Christen!
    I forgive you for the extra “e” in Moe, just don’t do it again! 🙂
    I’m thrilled you are making David Mac-n-Mo’s with your
    You are becoming quite a MORSELICIOUS cook & baker!

  2. My cousin David is diabetic, I am making some Mac-n-moe treats for him this Christmas! Very excited to know he can safely have treats with the rest of the family. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for your kind words and sharing my Diabetes post Mo. I believe in the saying “Prevention is worth a pound of cure” People can take more control of their health destinies by exercising (YOGA’s a great choice) and making wise food choices….like any of Mac-n-Mos products!

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