November 1st kicks off American Diabetes Awareness Month .¬† I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2009.¬† Diabetes can strike anyone for any number of reasons and, sadly, so many people are unaware they even have type 1 or 2 diabetes.¬† The only way to know is have your doctor check your blood sugar which is a simple test.¬† It’s always good to know the warning signs .¬† Over the almost decade of having type 1, I haven’t always been the best at keeping up with mine.¬†¬†
I have done a big turnaround of late with this as I am working on being a much better diabetic.¬† It’s a very challenging disease to say the least, but you can still live a long healthy life as it is a manageable disease, as well.¬† Diabetes affects you in so many ways.¬† Uncontrolled blood sugars can lead to brain damage, oral problems, heart and organ failures and problems with your feet and eyes.¬† It is also¬† Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month .¬† I just received a great report from my eye doctor this week!¬†¬†
Also, are you tired of pricking your fingers 6 – 10 times a day to get your sugar?¬† Well check with your insurance and see if you can pick up the¬† Freestyle Libre!¬† It’s exciting new technology that recently became FDA approved. This thing is amazing.¬† It uses a patch you attach to your arm and you just scan the meter over it like a credit card reader and boom, her comes your blood sugar level.¬† You can keep track of your sugar level, constantly throughout the day.¬† It is a wonderful tool that really helps you be accountable to yourself, family and doctors.¬†¬†
I would also like to take the time this month to share diabetic recipes as well. You can post in the comments below or hit me up on Facebook.¬† We can be diabetic buddies!¬† Even if you are not diabetic, feel free to share as most of us know friends and family members who are!¬†¬†
Watch the carbs!