Diabetes awareness month

  • man wearing blue shirt November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and Saturday, Nov. 14, was World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

    In 2019, 463 million adults (1 in 11) were living with diabetes worldwide. According to the American Diabetes Association, 34.2 million Americans, or 10.5% of the population, had diabetes. Of the 34.2 million adults with diabetes, 26.8 million were diagnosed, and 7.3 million Americans don’t even know they have it. For more information on prediabetes, Aetna Wellness Work created this podcast: https://aet.na/3eIfSDe

    Managing diabetes or supporting someone who is type 1 or type 2 requires motivation and keeping a positive outlook. Here are some tips to guide you.

    • Set goals that work. The first step is to ask yourself why you want make a change and how this change make your life better.
    • Start with small steps: Figure out what motivates you and create achievable goals. For example, start walking 10 minutes a day and work up to an hour.
    • Take care of yourself: Make regular visits to the doctor, dentist, and eye doctor. Your teeth and vision may need extra attention if you have diabetes. Reach out and seek support.
    • Remember why it matters: Keep a list of what inspires you to be healthy and look at it when your motivation flags.
    • Visit Aetna.com to read inspiring stories about how others are living with diabetes.

    The WDD campaign is represented by a blue circle logo that is the global symbol for diabetes awareness, which is why we are asking students and staff members to wear blue on all Fridays in November. Be sure to post your photos on Team HISD or Houston ISD Twitter pages with the hashtag #BlueFridays.

    Learn about your risks for diabetes and take action by consulting your doctor.

Diabetes Resources