November is Diabetes Awareness Month
As you all know from my millions of posts, November is Premature Birth Awareness Month, however, I recently learned it was also National Diabetes Awareness Month. I found this out from a friend of my family, and I wanted to do something to help him spread the word.
I first met Dennis through Facebook. He grew up in Michigan with my Dad, going to school, working summers together, and running track. Other than my Dad, I think Dennis is one of the biggest supporters of my blog. I can always count on him to read my posts everyday, and give me a “like” on Facebook (a skill my Dad hasn’t mastered quite yet).
When I saw Dennis posting a fact a day about Type 1 Diabetes, and he told me it was National Diabetes Awareness Month, I asked him if he would help me to do a post on the blog. I was so happy when he agreed.
Here is Dennis, with his story about Diabetes, and what you can do to help the millions of people who suffer from this disease.
I was first diagnosed with diabetes eleven years ago when I was in my mid-50s. Initially the diagnosis was Type 2 diabetes but when I didn’t respond to oral medication and changes in diet and exercise I was diagnosed as adult onset Type 1 by the doctors at Johns Hopkins. Most type 1 diagnoses are made with children even though type 1 can occur in people of all ages. That is why type 1 diabetes is often called juvenile diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease. It isn’t caused by diet or lifestyle.
Living with Type 1 Diabetes
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