Take the Pledge to Stop Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-11-08 09:09:37 -0600
Started 2014-11-03 06:27:38 -0600

What will you do? Really…what kinds of things to you do every day to help in this fight? Not just in your own life, but with those around you?
Here is a link to where you can make a pledge and add your name to the fight. http://www.stopdiabetes.com/?loc=bb&__utm...
You can be an advocate, helps raise awareness with your voice
You can get out there and join a walk to raise awareness and money
You can ride in one of the "Tour de Cure" rides that happen every year all over the nation
You can volunteer your time and energy to reach out to communities
You can donate money to the cause.
Or do any combination of these. The main thing is to do something. Make your experiences count out there.

You can also pledge right here on Diabetic Connect !!
This is a very interactive weekly pledge you can make to:
Try new recipes
Exercise after your evening meal
Test every day
Monitor your carb intake
Replace soda with water
We offer recipes for you to try and the log book to keep track of your testing. Join in, and make a difference in your diabetes management.

Make the Pledge. Choose, and get started. Share what you are doing to help Stop Diabetes.

15 replies

robintellis 2014-11-04 14:56:48 -0600 Report

Just Joyce, Thank you so very much for all the information and suggestions for our Diabetic Support Group. I know it will be a great help. God bless you.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-11-03 12:24:29 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,
I can't say that I have started a group or even a blog. But, I do talk about diabetes whenever the opportunity presents itself. I
espically like to talk to non-diabetics who have a family member
or a friend that has type 1or 2. To help them understand and feel very comfortable when around their loved ones. I actually met a lady who was worried she would catch Type 2 or 1 from her
husband who had been newly dx. She hadd stopped even
kissing him. I felt good after that talk. She ended seemed to enjoy me talking with her…the Diabetic Connect Pledge is great.
Sign me up… ;-)

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 12:34:49 -0600 Report

Wow, this is why we have to share with people. That poor lady was so ill informed. I bet her husband was very happy that you cleared that up. People do want to know, even if it's just a little. Talking to people one on one is the best way to educate.

If you want to do the pledge, click on the links in the post and choose what you would like to do. It's great that you do things already, but it's nice to kind of up the awareness for this month by doing some extra things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-03 12:21:08 -0600 Report

I do not need to take a pledge to do something I do year round. With the health disparity in my community, we always have some kind of outreach going on by the local and state health departments for all kinds of medical problems. We don't just focus on diabetes.

We have a diabetes walk which is always held on a Saturday that I cannot attend because of the time. I share diabetes information on my facebook page and my friends are always tagging me on diabetes information.

Our police officers are being trained in diabetes awareness because they often are the first responders who come to the aid of people in need of help. When the Police Commissioner learned that two of us on the board are diabetics, he said he would have the officers trained.

Since I live in a major city, I always hear ads on the radio about diabetes health care at several of the area hospitals. The only thing we don't have is a Tour de Cure.

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 11:20:07 -0600 Report

The Diabetic Connect Pledge is really great because it's a daily effort to do better for ourselves. Be sure to check it out as well. Earn a new badge and gain better control or discipline in your management skills.

robintellis 2014-11-03 10:02:44 -0600 Report

Three months ago a woman, (retired nurse who does not have diabetes) and I started a support group for diabetics for our community. There is none around us. It is a work in progress. We meet once a month for two hours. We bring magazines, food samples, and information and place them on a table. Conversation and questions flow. It has been wonderful, especially for me as I still feel very new as a diabetic. Most everyone that attends is a type 2 diabetic.
We have placed ads in the paper and placed flyers around town. It is our hope to also have professionals come and speak.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-11-03 11:29:13 -0600 Report

Thank you for doing this in an area where a group like this is needed. As a community person, the one thing that will get you guest speakers is to go directly to the source.

Many hospitals now have some form of Community Outreach. Contact your nearest hospital to find out if they have a Community Outreach Department. If they do, introduce yourself and tell them about your group. Ask how can you have a pharmacist, diabetes educator and Certified dietitian come out to speak to the group. Ask for an email address and ask if any fees are involved.

In your email, give a brief description of your group, what you need and ask if they have handouts. Include the date, time and location of the meeting and your email and telephone number.

Call the State and County Health Departments and ask the same questions and get phone numbers and email addresses. Send the same email to them.

Next go to the FDA You can get free handouts from the government http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/ResourcesFo...
That is the link to the order form. Call them and ask if they have free information for T1 and T2 Diabetics.
The next thing you should do is find a health fair and attend. Go to every table and collect business cards. 90% of the vendors are outreach workers for their company. These are the people who can help you get all kinds of guest speakers.

Flyers and ads work to a point. Not everyone reads ads or pay attention to flyers especially if they are for guest speakers. If you have a Facebook page and Twitter ask your friends if they know someone who can help you find guest speakers and have them inbox you the information.

You can also grow your group by becoming an organizer. Simply visit Community/Homeowners meetings and find out if you can speak to them about spreading the word. Then look into having a health fair. That will take a couple of months to set up.

Your group should have a chair and co-chairperson who can speak for the group. Make sure you keep one copy of each handout so you can order more or copy them to hand out.

I wish you the best luck with your group. If you need more help let me know.

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 10:55:59 -0600 Report

That is wonderful! Filling those niches is great and I am glad you are having such success. You should be very proud.

debcox 2014-11-03 09:53:02 -0600 Report

Good information, Gabby. I already did a walk and donated. I put information on my Facebook page about diabetes and tell people my story so that hopefully they can avoid getting diabetes in the first place. I'm thinking of riding in a tour de Phoenix.

sandyj2 2014-11-03 07:40:08 -0600 Report

Gabby, I have tried to unsubscribe from this list. Please unsubscribe me, please. Thank you
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GabbyPA 2014-11-03 07:53:02 -0600 Report

I am not sure what you mean to unsubscribe from the list? If you do not want to get notifications you can go into your profile and select how to get notifications from the site. That keeps your account available for you, but you won't get emails. If you want more than that, let me know and we will help you out.

GabbyPA 2014-11-03 06:30:05 -0600 Report

My pledge is to be an advocate. Once I signed up, they will send me things I can do to help make my voice heard. Right now, I am sharing on Facebook all this month about diabetes. Links like this one and personal experience. You never know who you might touch out there.
Here is what I shared today on Facebook.

"Diabetes affects people from all walks of life. It doesn't care if you are rich or poor, skinny or fat, in good health or not. It likes men and women and now even more so, our children. Did you know even your pets can get diabetes? Why should you care? Because there is a great chance that by 2050, one out of every 3 people in our country will have diabetes. My whole immediate family ended up with it. My parents were first generation diabetics in their families, and my brother and I became gen 2. I have not passed it on genetically because I have no children, but my lifestyle habits might.

Many factors go into being diagnosed with diabetes and a lot of it might shock you. How does a prime athlete end up with diabetes? How does a 3 month old have diabetes? How did your grandma end up with it? It is one of the most complex and can be a very life threatening disease only beat in "scare factor" by the word cancer.

There is not a single cause. Here are some things that can contribute to this diagnosis.

  1. Too much processed foods. Not just sugar. Eat more whole foods. If it has a barcode, you may want to put it back.
  2. The current food pyramid encourages carbohydrate overload, even in a "healthy" diet. This was a 30 year experiment where the people lost, big time.
  3. Genetics play a huge part in type 1 and type 2
  4. Autoimmune disease is usually what starts type 1 diabetes, but the loss of the function of your pancreas can come from many things.
  5. Hormone imbalances and thyroid conditions often contribute because insulin is a hormone. Chances are if you have one, you will have other imbalances.
  6. Excess weight is what most people think causes diabetes, but research is showing it may just be the opposite. A predisposition to diabetes may actually contribute to some people's weight issues.
  7. Low fat diets. Yep, you heard that right. Low fat generally means high sugar. Read a food label or two. It will open your eyes.
  8. Sedentary lifestyles. We are more busy now than ever before, but we do most of what we do through technology, not through physical efforts.
  9. Subsidy of farmers to grow more corn and turn it into a food group all it's own. High fructose corn syrup is not "just like" sugar. It is an addictive part of our diets. Again, read the ingredients in foods you are eating. It will start to scare you, or at the very least frustrate you.
  10. Insulin resistance is when your body doesn't use insulin the way it's supposed to and so the main way your body gets rid of sugar in your blood doesn't work. You have to find other ways to get it out. Usually involving exercise, dietary changes or medicines.

So take a little time today to look at these things. Take the above pledge and make even one change in how you live your life. That simple step could save your life from years of finger sticks, crappy medicines and complications that could come from diabetes."