Let's Celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month!

Diabetes Awareness Month 2018 starts today, and World Diabetes Day is celebrated globally on November 14 to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes! Here are some ideas about how to get involved from some of our favorite advocacy organizations!

Together, let’s celebrate Diabetes Awareness Month and the many strong individuals and families who live resiliently with diabetes every day!

2018 ADA Standards of Care Bring New Recommendations for Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association has released new 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. These comprehensive recommendations include the latest advances in evidence-based care, with a new focus on advanced management for people with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Standards of Care outline the ADA’s latest recommendations “for the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with type 1, type 2, or gestational diabetes, strategies to improve the prevention or delay of type 2 diabetes, and therapeutic approaches that reduce complications and positively affect health outcomes.”

Important changes and updates in the 2018 edition include these topics and more:

  • Cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • Screening youth for type 2 diabetes
  • Health technology and diabetes management
  • A1C test considerations
  • Diabetes management in specific groups

Read the ADA’s press release for more details!

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How to Help? Creating Your Contribution

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Are you looking for ways to get involved in the diabetes community and support research and awareness? First, check out these four big events coming up this summer, happening nationwide: 

·       The American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk and Tour de Cure

·       The JDRF One Walk and Ride to Cure Diabetes

Creating Your Contribution

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has other do-it-yourself ideas for fundraising in your neighborhood. Here are several to consider:

1.     Community Walks: Create a walk or a fun-run that gets kids and families involved. This doesn’t have to be a huge event to be successful – just get people together and moving for a cause you believe in.

2.     Join Team Diabetes: Participate in an athletic event that you’re excited about, like a 5K, a marathon, or a triathlon – and in the process, raise funds to support the mission of the ADA.

3.    Create a Local Fundraiser: We’re talking grassroots, right in your community, getting your neighbors involved. Some ideas include:

·       Services auction

·       Car wash

·       Golf event

·       Bake sale

4.     Always & Forever Tributes: Celebrate the life of your loved one by creating a personalized Memorial Tribute Webpage.

The American Diabetes Association offers web support for each of these volunteer options. You’ll be able to boost awareness about diabetes in your community and raise funds to find a cure.


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