14 Nov

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

This year, the theme is Family and Diabetes. The goal: to raise awareness of how the disease impacts the entire family. 

More than 425 million people are living with diabetes; most are type 2. In addition, researchers estimate there are many others who are undiagnosed. It’s the leading cause of blindness, heart disease, kidney disease, and even amputation.

Many of us can’t recognize the early signs. But if we know them, the risk is reduced. https://worlddiabetesday.org/

And the best news about diabetes: it is preventable in many cases, by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly and drinking an adequate amount of water each day. 

For those fighting diabetes, family and friends become the most important support group. They play a huge role in keeping loved ones on a healthy track and promoting a positive and productive perspective on the future.

So why is November 14th observed as an official wakeup call?  On that day in 1891, in the small community of Alliston, Ontario, Frederick Banting was born. He served in the Canadian Medical Army Corps during World War 1 as an orthopedic surgeon and then became interested in diabetes and after talking with the University of Toronto physiology professor, J.J.R. Macleod.  Dr. Banting along with Dr. Charles Best, his medical assistant, would start the work which led to the discovery of insulin. 

For those who are on insulin, it’s an expensive drug and in spite of progress on how it’s taken, regulating blood glucose levels can be an inconvenient and demanding regimen.  

The best treatment is prevention. Eat the right stuff, get out and play and drink lots of water.

When it comes to making sure you’re hydrating the way you should, the best option is to have a water bottle that reminds you. The HidrateSpark 3 knows what you need and when you need it. It tracks how much water you’re drinking and makes every sip count. 

So, when work gets intense or the kids distract you, you’ll get a push alert and a glow; a gentle and effective nudge to drink up and get back on a healthy track.

The bottle comes in a variety of colors to make a statement or just blend in with any professional situation.

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For more information on diabetes and how you can get more educated and involved in preventing it, here are some excellent links.