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Ten Ways to Observe National Diabetes Month

by Ingrid Strauch

4. Observe World Diabetes Day on November 14.

The United States is not the only part of the world affected by diabetes: World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization to draw attention to the growing health threat posed by diabetes everywhere. In 2007, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day.

To see what events and activities are planned for World Diabetes Day 2012, check out the Web site of the International Diabetes Federation: www.idf.org

5. Learn something new about diabetes.

You no doubt already know a lot about diabetes, but why not observe National Diabetes Month by learning something new? Look up something you’ve been wondering about, or browse through a Web site or book or magazine on diabetes until something catches your eye. Here are some sources of diabetes information you might find interesting:

National Diabetes Education Program. The NDEP publishes brochures and fact sheets aimed at people of different ages, different types of diabetes, and different ethnic or racial backgrounds. The Web site has several ways of searching by topic or by personal characteristics to help users get to the publications they need more quickly. The Diabetes HealthSense section of the site has resources tailored to help you meet your diabetes management — or prevention — goals.
888-693-NDEP (6337) (to order publications)

Diaboogle. The search engine Diaboogle is a Google custom search engine developed by blogger Bernard Farrell to weed out the sales pitches and gimmicks and connect searchers with useful, authoritative diabetes information and support. Just type a word or phrase you’d like to search on in the search box, then refine your search by clicking on Prevention, Complications, or Symptoms, if desired.

JDRF Toolkit for Adults with Type 1 diabetes. The JDRF has released a new edition of its Adult Type 1 Toolkit, and it also offers a “Newly Diagnosed” version. The Toolkit offers information about Type 1 diabetes and lists resources for further information and help. Both versions can be downloaded at no cost.
www.jdrf.org — Click on “Life With Diabetes,” then “For Adults”
(800) 533-CURE (2873)

Make an appointment with a CDE. When you need information not just about diabetes in general but about your diabetes in particular, a one-on-one meeting with a certified diabetes educator may be the way to go. Ask your diabetes care provider for a recommendation, or look for one in your area using the search function on the Web site of the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Remember to write down any questions you have before your appointment, to bring a list of all of the medicines you are currently taking, and to bring your blood glucose monitoring log.
(800) 832-6874

Diabetes Research Institute. The DRI is dedicated to “cure-focused research.” To see and hear researchers talk about the research they’re doing, go to www.diabetesresearch.org, click on “Get Involved,” then “Attend an Event,” then “Diabetes 2.0 Online.”

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