Spotlight On Diabetes
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to learn the latest about the disease, help spread awareness and research what you can do to help join the fight to find a cure. Let’s look back at what organizations are doing to spread awareness this month, how you can get involved, and what having diabetes in the age of COVID-19 means.
National Diabetes Month 2020
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the United States work to bring attention to diabetes. This awareness month was started by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive and Kidney Diseases (@NIDDKgov.) This year’s theme is Taking Care of Youth Who Have Diabetes. 193,000 youth under 20 years old are affected by diabetes making it one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States. The youth who have this condition need support from the adults in their lives to help with their diabetes care. Developing a plan to manage diabetes, and working with their health care team are two ways to assist and support the youth in your life.
This year’s focus was on taking care of youth who have diabetes.
WDD 2020: Nurses Make the Difference for Diabetes
In 2020, World Diabetes Day was on November 14. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by The International Diabetes Federation (@IntDiabetesFed) and the World Health Organization (@WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. WDD is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. Reaching over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries around the globe, this awareness day draws attention to the most important issues while spotlighting of the 463 million people worldwide living with diabetes. Each year, WDD selects a theme and this year’s is Nurses Make the Difference.
The number of people with #diabetes is expected to rise to 578 million by 2030. In the run-up to #WorldDiabetesDay we would love to see as many nurses as possible spare 1 hour to improve their understanding of diabetes care with our free online course: https://t.co/0nqnDTcRMz pic.twitter.com/Z2XlOVosdI
— Int. Diabetes Fed. (@IntDiabetesFed) October 16, 2020
In Conversation: The ADA and DID
On Friday, Nov. 6th, Tracey Brown (@Type2CEO,) the first CEO of American Diabetes Association to actually have the disease, sat down with the founders of Diversity in Diabetes (@diversity_DM) Quisha Umemba and Kacey Creel. The discussion included all things diabetes, how DID was founded, how diabetes is affecting the African American community, why there is a lack of diversity in healthcare professionals and many more topics. Watch the full conversation below. Are you at risk for diabetes? Take the ADA’s 60-Second Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test.
Hypertension Control Change Package
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Diabetes (@CDCDiabetes) discusses how hypertension control is very important in people with kidney disease. Diabetes can increase your risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension.) They recommend the new Hypertension Control Change Package (@MillionHeartsUS) which now includes kidney disease testing recommendations in people with hypertension.
Hypertension control is very important in people with kidney disease!
The new @MillionHeartsUS Hypertension Control Change Package now includes kidney disease testing recommendations in people with hypertension. Find it here: https://t.co/K1hLG8L6Xw #MillionHeartsQI #CKD
— CDC Diabetes (@CDCDiabetes) November 6, 2020
Diabetes in a COVID-19 World
Does having diabetes increase any risks if you contract the COVID-19 virus? The CDC says yes, that having type 2 diabetes increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and based on what we know at this time, having type 1 or gestational diabetes might increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
People with diabetes, particularly those struggling with blood sugar management, may be at higher risk for more serious complications from coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know: #COVID19: https://t.co/KIGjM1phVf pic.twitter.com/9X5S8Lbm4H
— CDC Diabetes (@CDCDiabetes) April 3, 2020