Diabetes T-Shirt Giveaway

By aleahk Latest Reply 2015-07-06 09:38:36 -0500
Started 2015-06-01 13:18:07 -0500

What better way to support diabetes research than through a fun t-shirt? Diabetic Connect is giving away a shirt that reads “Keep Calm and Cure Diabetes”. All proceeds from shirt sales go towards the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. To enter, comment on this discussion with your favorite way to raise diabetes awareness. Examples can be social media postings, fun runs, support groups, etc. Enter now! Contest ends June 30th.

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aleahk 2015-07-01 10:03:48 -0500 Report

Thank you to everyone who entered! The contest is now closed- the winner will be notified shortly!

Reenieb1967 2015-06-30 22:27:38 -0500 Report

Promote diabetes awareness by talking to friends and family. Also, wearing items that say Diabetes, so it's no longer a bad word!

Edie 2015-06-30 03:22:47 -0500 Report

Talk about it with any one who will listen to us, join in local runs for a cure and offer to join any research trials they have out there. Hopefully some thing works soon. If I don't win how much would it cost to get an Extra Large shirt?

Kandydameron 2015-06-29 17:59:04 -0500 Report

Until a cure is found we must all fight the good fight and try to keep blood sugar under control. IT is hard but it is a lifestyle choice.

Anonymous 2015-06-29 17:37:42 -0500 Report

Awareness is very important to me. I'm person with type1, I work with diabetics on a daily basis. It's heartbreaking at times to listen to all the stories. Kids are so brave, they just do what they have to do. I myself get scared at night time, because of lows. I started using a CGM, makes me feel safer. There needs to be a CURE and soon. Life with diabetes is very difficult and hard to explain to others. There's no way to describe the day to day frustrations and what a tole it takes on your body. There's got to be a CURE!!!

peaceffulhugs 2015-06-29 15:34:12 -0500 Report

I like to continually educated myself in regards to my diabetes, I am encouraged by others stories and strengths. What they do to keep their numbers under control, as with exercise, food, mind, body & soul. I try to educate others about diabetes and the way I have come to have it and it is not genetically, About six years ago I was suddenly ridden with an auto-immune system disease, that started in my lungs, to which I could not breath then it went to my heart. At this time the doctors were calling it Vasculitis. Now they put me on very, very high doses of prednisone which I have been on for over 6 years now. Because of the prednisone I got diabetes. So I am learning that I have a lot of "side effects" from the prednisone and it makes the diabetes very hard to control and it also causes it to move very quickly. So the best thing I can do is to always be on the look out, while I calmly research and educate myself and others.

Bill Barnes
Bill Barnes 2015-06-29 04:08:51 -0500 Report

Walking,working in a garden,cutting grass on a riding mower(relaxing),walking the mall,reading at the library for relaxing. Then walk if possible or ride and go to the store and get a salad and bring it home. Fix some cold tea or low fat milk and have this for lunch.

walker89bird 2015-06-28 06:34:12 -0500 Report

The best way to raise awareness for me is to remain active. I do it by eating low carb combined with running. Diabetes ages you but people tell me I look younger than my age. Stay positive and move forward.

bjc1 2015-06-27 15:14:13 -0500 Report

Should use social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, as well as email, printed material, TV. My favorite is probably email, but other outlets just as important. Love the shirt!

carlcap1491 2015-06-27 04:05:01 -0500 Report

Diabetes awareness needs to be made through anyway possible to inform the public about this disease. Television is probably the best advertisement available to the inform the public of diabetes awareness.

anna.marie 2015-06-26 12:58:52 -0500 Report

I have positive facebook and instagram accounts that encourage other type 1 diabetics to be proud and embrace their pumps and infusion sites…such as #necessaryaccessory and #showmeyoursite

sjyoshida 2015-06-25 23:05:45 -0500 Report

When people express shock that someone who is thin and has a reputation of eating healthy has type 2 diabetes, I promote: Knowledge is Power! Get Your A1C Checked! Many people don't know they have diabetes.

TAMELA2233 2015-06-25 19:10:41 -0500 Report

I found that making post on facebook, spreading the word in person, and contributing to diabetic walks for kids is the most awarding that I have found at this point

dragonfann 2015-06-24 23:39:40 -0500 Report

I hope I will win at shirt I have tried to get the Diabetes tool kit but never received one. I have been taking "short"survey for 45 minutes to no avail.

jayabee52 2015-06-25 00:12:15 -0500 Report

Howdy Dragonfann
according to the original post "To enter, comment on this discussion with your favorite way to raise diabetes awareness. Examples can be social media postings, fun runs, support groups, etc."

Irene 2
Irene 2 2015-06-24 13:05:24 -0500 Report

Hi, One of my favorite ways to raise diabetic awareness is thru fabulous "tummy food". Our church offers endless opportunities…via different meetings. Whenever possible, I volunteer to take different fabulous desserts, all of which are diabetic recipes…I then offer to share my recipe. Folks often share that they have a diabetic friend or relative with whom they want to share it and will ask for 2 or 3 copies! Normally, they also keep one for themselves because they want to indulge in one of "our" fabulous desserts! This often leads to an open forum on diabetes!

GF CHIC 2015-06-24 07:00:18 -0500 Report

I will share this on my FB page but if I don't win a shirt I'd like to buy one! Since insurance costs have gone up, I have had amazing people help me afford the cost of insulin when I could not afford to pay my $2500 deductible up front…yes my Rx's for my diabetic prescriptions first has to come out of my pocket, Levemir & Novolog are not cheap when you can't use co-pays :( Thank you to everyone who assisted me on continuing my daily eight injections with supplies I need in order to live.

TikaTiff 2015-06-24 02:35:43 -0500 Report

My fav best way is to tell my real life story of being diagnosed at age 10 and relating. The ups the downs. And staying possitive every day.

Zawaza 2015-06-24 00:37:38 -0500 Report

I tell everyone I have diabetes, and how it came on after uterine cancer surgery, that it can happen to anyone. Usually gets a good conversation going

jeanneseller 2015-06-23 20:46:05 -0500 Report

I make diabetic friendly desserts for every holiday, my daughter, step-children and grandchildren can't wait to see what I bring to the party. They have no idea they are eating healthy but they know they are eating something really good.

skeptic1955 2015-06-23 18:47:31 -0500 Report

I would like a t-shirt, even if I need to pay for it…The more us (those who actually have either Type 1 or Type 2) and wear the shirt, the more the general public will sit up and notice how many people really have some form of diabetes and how great the need is to find a cure or to take measures to avoid the condition in the first place…I work for Public Health in Georgia and, thus, have some familiarity with the current situation!

Just now sitting at the TV and hearing about Dick van Patten dying of complications from diabetes…enough is enough for this condition!

We all need to "open a BIG CAN Of WHOOP ASS" and take diabetes out…From the "Dirty" Harry Callahan School of Public Health and Crime Control!

julesr69 2015-06-23 09:32:58 -0500 Report

Ways is the Diabetes classes offered by your doctor. Take them they work, to help you understand the important information they give you will help save your life.

Nurse Lori
Nurse Lori 2015-06-23 04:22:22 -0500 Report

The best way to raise awareness is being honest about the disease. You don't have to be embarrassed or ashamed. The more "comfortable" you are about your problem, the easier it will be to take care of it.

lizzy6886 2015-06-22 22:06:13 -0500 Report

I have type 2 diabetes & so does my father. We inspire ea other to eat rt & test our sugars. We are always asking ea other our number on our sugars.

Anonymous 2015-06-22 19:11:15 -0500 Report

I lived most of my life with #2 diabeties. It is inherited. I like everyone to know, how I need to change my way of eating thru the way of watching my sugar intake & to live longer!!

bigdaddymilkman 2015-06-22 16:03:37 -0500 Report

Hi Aleahk, and hi to everyone in the discussion. A diabetic food festival where just diabetic recipes are use to make the food we would be able to eat. Alone with guest speakers, music, children entertainment and much more. This should also include an invitation to those who do not have the disease for educational purpose. Everyone can talk about cost saving ways to lower grocery bills for eating healthier. what better way to be visual about diabetes with apparel of all kinds t-shirts, pants, socks, hats ect… A lot of tv shows are singling out one genres at a time like shows only about zombies, vampires, gays, old times. So another way to raise awareness could be cooking shows just 4 diabetics. A reality show where all the cast members are diabetic. a lot has been done in the usual way of getting awareness out there but to myself it needs to be out of the ordinary as to open everyone's eyes and say WTH lets get rid of diabetes.

quiltqueen 2015-06-22 15:56:10 -0500 Report

I always let people know that I'm diabetic and stay informed with the latest info concerning diabetes and share what I know.

Devoted to Jesus
Devoted to Jesus 2015-06-22 12:01:18 -0500 Report

I would love to win and wear the shirt!! I was just recently diagnosed.My favorite way will be to share low carb healthy recipes with friends and coworkers.

kywildcat 2015-06-22 10:18:08 -0500 Report

Diabetes research and finding a cure would be great. I have been a diabetic for 48 years would love to have one of these shirts

Ez0412 2015-06-22 07:26:42 -0500 Report

I work for a Cable Television Company as a residental installer. Often times I am in a customers home for an extended period of time 6+ hours or more. I tell customers that I am diabetic, and I will break for lunch if i need to. Most peoples perception of a Diabetic is totally incorrect. Most of the time this breaks the "ice" and a million questions follow, so I educate them to help them understand this disease a little better.

ggnkev99 2015-06-22 02:20:52 -0500 Report

I like to start conversations around the lunchroom making people aware of what's in their food. It's amazing to see how many people just don't realize exactly just how harmful some of the things that they put into their bodies are.

Gmadiane49 2015-06-21 11:03:55 -0500 Report

I need to Calm Down. Living with Diabetes is stressful and that alone doesn't help control blood sugar. Hope there are enough shirts for a lot of winners. I would like to wear it to the gym to let others know we need a cure.

dressmaker53 2015-06-21 00:14:29 -0500 Report

I would love to win this shirt. I like Diabetic Connect and a few other online sites . I refer my diabetic friends to these. I also use Glucose Buddy and My Fitness Pal apps to keep track of all my food and nutrition (esp. carbs , sugars , and calorie ) for me so I can tell at a glance how much I have left before I eat the next meal.

jayabee52 2015-06-20 21:41:55 -0500 Report

Question, to AleahK,

You write "All proceeds from shirt sales go towards the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation."
How does one purchase a shirt like this?


rndenise1959 2015-06-20 14:49:35 -0500 Report

I would love to win this T shirt. It would be a good way to spread Diabetes Awareness just by wearing it alone but I discuss my diabetes with all my family and friends. I was just diagnosed with Type 2 within the last month but my husband has been diagnosed within the last year. So we help each other out in trying to control our blood glucose levels by checking them as our doctors have prescribed…I try to stay up to date on the latest treatments since I am a retired RN!

beebennett 2015-06-20 11:29:27 -0500 Report

I test and give myself insulin shots openly…no need to hide it! I also belong to several different Diabetic societies and support them regularly online in social media. I would love a t shirt…

T1Diabetic25+ 2015-06-19 15:27:46 -0500 Report

I wear my pump out in the open so that when someone asks about it I am able to start a conversation to help inform them about diabetes. And I am always posting diabetes facts, and memes about diabetes on Facebook :)

laurag08021 2015-06-19 14:20:03 -0500 Report

One thing that i would recommend is more information given to newcomers. I am a newcomer and it is really hard to figure out what to research on diabetes to get all the info that you need. things like how much sugar in fruit, when making smoothies—how to make them to help diabetes, calorie counting (that is the hardest thing for me because there are too many opinions, how to read low levels and what to do, how to read high levels and what to do. when is it time for an emergency. As a newcomer, i am in limbo alot of times.. Information that i can keep around until i get a grip on it for myself. like refrigerator magnets so that i know what i am doing and how i can help myself not to get to the insulin level. Just something to make it easier for the newcomer to come to grip with what they need to do overall.

T1Diabetic25+ 2015-06-19 15:24:07 -0500 Report

I can't tell you specifics about your health because only your doctor can set your high and low limits. But as for food information I have been using an app called GoMeals for several years now. You can search for foods by brand name, by type of food, or even by the restaurant you are eating at. Plus once you are more comfortable reading nutrition labels you can add the food items you eat that are not in the apps data base by hand. I really enjoy it because once you put in the amounts of everything you are eating it will give you all the nutritional info for that meal- carbs, protein, fat, fiber, and even calories. Just a side note the calories are not the main thing to watch it's the carbs and protein amounts that are most important for insulin doses and overall blood sugar control. And you want to avoid high fat foods (lots of butter, or deep fried foods)-your body has to beak down the fat before it can get to the carbs which means you may go low because your insulin is working before the carbs are in your system and then you will go high later because hours after eating the carbs will finally hit your system; foods with lots of sugar(cookies, cake, soda, juice, ice cream etc) or refined carbs (pasta, packaged meals, most cereals) are more likely to cause your blood sugar to spike, because of their low nutritional value they get quickly processed into sugar. Drink lots of water- hydration is key in blood sugar control. And get plenty of sleep, your body cannot use insulin efficiently when it is getting less than 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep a day. And please if you haven't already talk to your doctor and your insurance company about taking a diabetes class. They usually only take a few hours and they can help with most of your questions, some classes even have materials for visual references that you can take home.

Anonymous 2015-06-19 02:54:50 -0500 Report

My daughter wrote a report in her 4th grade class about how she has been dealing with her diabetes and how she treats herself. Some of her classmates did not realize how much work goes into counting carbs in every meal, making sure her fluid intake is good, and how to measure her insulin on her own.

dnewett 2015-06-18 23:23:24 -0500 Report

I raise awareness by posting on social media as well as answering as best and simply as i can when someone asks about my CGM or needles or whatnot. I find it most helpful to post educational information about the signs of diabetes or what to do if a friend is low type info. that way someone who may be in a situation can end up really helping someone or even saying a life. :)

TLeaB 2015-06-18 22:51:40 -0500 Report

I talk to my clients about diabetics and how we each are doing our treatments. We talked about suggestions with different problems with diabetics. We all try to make everyone aware of diabetics and how their diet and stress levels can cause diabetics.

sugarnewbie 2015-06-18 15:23:58 -0500 Report

One way I get the word spread to me is, my daughter is a student nurse. She constantly tells me little facts here and there about diabetes and any websites or tidbits of info she has come across.

1BlueAngel 2015-06-18 13:32:01 -0500 Report

Hello, I would love and I would be proud to wear a Diabetes T-shirt !!! Let the World Know how important all those who contribute to and support the cause. Please keep on helping those of us that have Diabetes !!! The research has and is coming a long way.

I have learned that being in a calm state, can make a big difference. I take a moment and count and meditate. It is necessary for me, because stress can really effect my blood sugars. Everything effects my sugars. It can sneak up on you. Remember 24 / 7. I feel there must be a plan for me, because I have had some extreme times which most people would have died. But, I am still here so, I feel I have had a guardian angel watching over me. I believe my Grandmother is one of them. People with Diabetes needs your support, So Please take a moment !!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

@ 12:44:23 PM

My commit "Diabetes Connect" and "Facebook"

Help cure diabetes. I live with Type 1 Diabetes, as do many other beautiful children, teens, women and men (Old and Young) ; it is 24 / 7. If I don't take my insulin shots … I will die. … If my sugars go to high, I can end up in the emergency room, same as the lows. But, I can not usually speak, stand up, walk, and I go blind. So, it is a little difficult to tell someone what is wrong or who I am. I usually get accused of being high on something. Yes, High sugars ! High sugars mess with all my / our organs and can cause many different issues. I have fallen asleep sitting up on the couch and I quit breathing and I actually died. Because my sugars dropped. Low sugars are worse, if there is a worse.My lowest blood sugars to my knowledge, has been about 20 and my highest sugars have been over 1,000 due to pain. They can send you into a coma quicker than the high and then you can die. I have died 4 times. That was in a span of 7 months. I was in the emergency room with hospital stays 6 times in 7 months, It is very scary, even though I've gotten more use to having diabetes. I acquired Type 1 Diabetes in the year of 2009. I am 54 years young. It is a way of life. I try to read everything I see, that is about diabetes. Education is knowledge and your Diabetes team is very important. Diabetes … Help find a cure … Buy a T-Shirt, run, walk, or wheel it, for the cause. Find a event. And, if all else fails just donate something; Anything will add up, don't go broke. Just do what you can. Or participate,or volunteer. As we know there are many causes these days and your participation shows, there are results to show for all the help. Thank you !!! Pay it forward !!! These causes which are, and have been ending in death, is counting on our Nations people, … All People in Our World !!! Diabetes, cancer and so many other causes are world wide. I Live It !!! Every Day !!! I hope to see a cure in my life time !!! Let's Get To Work; Support !!! T1D … Help Find a Cure !!!

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