by Stephanie Deisner:
Did you know that November is American Diabetes Month? When I learned that the US alone is home to nearly 26 million diabetics, and 79 million are pre-diabetic, I thought: why stop at a month? Shouldn’t diabetes awareness be every day, all the time? But that’s ok; a month is a great start.
In fact the true start was back in 1948, when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first observed National Diabetes for only a week. Over time it evolved into a month and continues to be observed every November. It’s interesting...
November, to me, marks the “warmest” time of year. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s (or whatever Holidays you celebrate)…it’s a time that brings together family and friends. I don’t know about you, but when my family gets together it almost always centers around food. And for some reason, I take a hiatus from any regular exercise I do.
Why do I feel that the Holidays and overeating give me license to quit moving? I don't know -but it does, and it does for many people I know... which is why I’m thankful that the ADA uses the whole month of November to remind us to take care of our bodies – such a critical time of food and lifestyle choices.
I keep hearing this saying, “don’t live to eat; eat to live”. I’m sure many people, like my diabetic parents, think of diabetes as an annoying inconvenience, rather than what it really is – a life-changing disease. So for me, for my parents, for everyone out there living life and making choices…let’s eat to live, together.
They say it takes 3 weeks to establish a habit. If we can make positive lifestyle changes, one decision at a time, during American Diabetes Month, maybe it will turn into habit.
And that’s a habit I wouldn’t mind having.