National Diabetes Month

November is the month of various significant events that are going to be recognized and celebrated in different countries. Each event celebrates the various facets of a nation, and its characteristics are unique to it.

  1. National Pickle Day is November 14, when people celebrate pickles as one of the world’s favorite fermented foods. Pickles prove enormously popular with people across the country; the number of pickle-eaters is expected to proliferate to more than 250 million by 2023. That gives plenty of reason to declare November 14th as prime pickle time!
  2. Anti-Bullying Week is held every year in the third week of November. This year it is held from November 14 to 18, which shows bullying has a long-term effect on the victim’s mental health and quality of life. The holiday seeks to prevent bullying by encouraging a zero-tolerance policy. Schools and communities have set up systems to eradicate bullying and build a safe community that welcomes everyone with open arms. Bullying needs to be dealt with spontaneously in low-grade educational institutions.
  3. Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14, is recognized across India to increase awareness of the rights, care, and education of children. Children’s Day is celebrated throughout India with educational and motivational programs by and for children.
  4. World Orphans Day, celebrated on November 14, is an appropriate date for Americans to come together and show that they care about the orphans in their community. Millions of young kids have problems because one or both of their parents are no longer in this world. They must make arrangements for their education, health, shelter, food, and social well-being. World Orphans Day is the appropriate opportunity for well-meaning and socially responsible Americans to show that they stand with orphans in their time of need.
  5. November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on diabetes and building your healthcare team on 14th November.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. It also occurs when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose.

When a body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and increased glucose in the blood and urine.

Depending on the patient’s age and the duration of the condition, increases or decreases in sugar levels can be detrimental.

The three main types of diabetes are:

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes

What causes diabetes?

          A. Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is believed to be an autoimmune condition which means it mistakenly attacks and destroys the beta cells in your pancreas that produce insulin. The damage is severe, but the source of the attack is unclear. Genes or environmental factors may be responsible, while lifestyle factors are not thought to play a role.

Patients may have nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains. All people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin available at different times of onset, peak, and duration. An insulin pump device is worn outside your body that can be programmed to release a specific dose.

There are blood glucose monitors that check your sugar 24 hours a day to manage cholesterol, high blood pressure, or other complications.

          B. Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes starts as insulin resistance. The body cannot use insulin efficiently, which causes your pancreas to produce more insulin until it cannot keep up with demand. Consequently, insulin levels fall and blood sugar levels increase. The main reason is still unknown.

Contributing factors may include:

  • Genetics
  • A more sedentary lifestyle
  • High weight or obesity

Some people don’t notice any symptoms at all because they are difficult to notice. The first-line medication is usually metformin (Glumetza, Glucophage, Fortamet, Riomet). With this drug, glucose is produced in the liver. Consult your doctor to determine if Metform may be helpful.

          C. Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is caused by insulin-blocking hormones produced during pregnancy.

This type of diabetes only happens during pregnancy. It is often seen in people with preexisting prediabetes and a family history of diabetes.

About 50% of people diagnosed with gestational diabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes.

There are some other events held around the world that are celebrated with the same enthusiasm. Through all of the events held, people stay in touch with their culture and surroundings. That’s why November is bursting with amazing moments to bring with you every single day.

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