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).