According to the American diabetes Association (ADA), November is National Diabetes Month. The entire month is observed every year to bring a greater awareness to diabetes. The disease is impacting the lives of millions of people who suffer from either type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes.

The ADA, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, conducts many activities and events throughout the month for patients, health care professionals, and organizations in the United States. The association funds research to prevent and manage the disease besides delivering services to communities and providing information to those who are concerned about it.

This year's National Diabetes Education Program’s theme, "Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It," highlights the importance of managing diabetes to prevent other health problems related to the disease. For instance, there is a risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, vision loss, and amputation.

Things to be aware of

Help is always available for Diabetics. They shouldn't have to try to handle things alone. There is a healthcare team on hand to help patients. Also, there should be a support system including family and friends. There are programs and free classes at hospitals and libraries on prevention and management of illnesses and diseases including diabetes. There is always some literature available in doctor's offices and drug stores that is given away at no cost.

Social media

Use social media to share tips that work for you, and other people will share tips that work for them. Perhaps there will be something that will be helpful. For instance, did you know that eating peanut butter or drinking lemon juice can help lower your blood sugar when it goes too high? Did you know that exercising for about 10 minutes will do the same?

These are just a couple of tips that have been shared on Facebook in the diabetes groups.

Other dates to consider

Even though the entire month is dedicated to diabetes awareness, November 14 is World Diabetes Day when organizations all over the world host events to raise awareness about diabetes. They are encouraged to post their events.

One day in another month is also celebrated. The American Diabetes Association Alert Day is on the fourth Tuesday of March. That day is dedicated to informing the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. A Diabetes Risk Test is given online and individuals can find out if they at risk for type 2 diabetes.