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A Day in the Life of Diabetes

 

A Day in the Life of Diabetes

November is American Diabetes Month®, a time to bring attention to the seriousness of diabetes and to the many people who are impacted by the disease. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking those living with diabetes to share what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to them. People can share their journey by uploading a personal image on the Association’s Facebook page.

One young lady that knows all about living with the disease is the Association’s 2012 National Youth Advocate, Logan Nicole Gregory. Logan has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was just two years old.

“Diabetes has never held me back from doing all the things I love. I’m comfortable speaking about diabetes and educating others about the symptoms and treatment of the disease,” said Logan, 18, a Kentucky native.

She is also a competitive swimmer and horseback rider; living with diabetes doesn’t slow her down. “I always try to be prepared when doing an activity to make sure I can keep my glucose levels on track. One of the most important things to me is educating those around me- whether it’s at school or with friends- about my disease and how I manage it.” Logan adds, “As I start college I know I’ll need to explain to my new friends about my diabetes so they’re aware of my routine.”

Logan started as an Ambassador for the Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes at age six, and has been very involved in many advocacy efforts since then, including speaking at state Capitols, testifying before a state legislative committee and meeting with national elected officials.

There are many ways to can get involved during November:

  • Share a personal image, on the Association’s Facebook page, representing what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to you.
  • Visit stopdiabetes.com
  • Call (800) DIABETES
  • Follow the American Diabetes Association on Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) to receive updates all month long

Diabetes is a serious disease. If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.

For more information in English and Spanish call 1-800-DIABETES or visit stopdiabetes.com. Also, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/AmDiabetesAssn).

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4 Comments on “A Day in the Life of Diabetes”

  1. BeeWell for Life Admin

    Thank you for your comment Darcy! We will put you in touch with someone at ADA to help you with your questions.

  2. darcy wark

    good afternoon. i recently have joined this website to support my very best friend in the world mike sutton. he was diagnosed with diabetes when he was a young kid. he is now 23 years old and has clinical depression and just does not take care of himself with his diabetes at all.. he never checks his blood because the meter he has is horrible it reads his blood wrong for example it read 200 i think he said and he then ended up in the hospital with i think he called it DK . and his blood on there meter read 500, or vice versa i might of mixed it up. but my point is that im very worried about him he has been in dk four times in the past month. he is supposed to take 4 regular insulin injections a day and one long acting injection at night. (he does not take the long acting injection at all) .. im so worried. I want to help him in any way i can. he has no health insurance which makes it hard for him to take care of his diabetesd and he is from a poor family. can you inform me of any special offers or deals out there that i could help him in getting a top quality meter , so he would not mind using it and would check his blood. he hates the one he has it doesn’t read his blood right , it hurts, it bruises him badly. so he does not check his blood at all now. please assist me and provide me with any information at all.. i love him so much and do not want to see him suffer or to have his health get worst to the point of this effecting his eyesite or lungs, liver , or worst. i love him and want to help and see him take care of his diabetes adn for him not to be scared or in pain in doing so.. thank you so much in advance. yours truly darcy wark. my email is [email protected] my mailing address is 25 manchester terrace, springfield massachusetts 01108. (in your darkest hour of adversity be not without hope) lots of love and peace, darcy

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