It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Do you or someone you know have diabetes? Want to teach your kids about diabetes? Check out the following websites:
Diabetes Basics – The American Diabetes Association is the place to begin your education about diabetes.
Diabetes Kids – Information on explaining diabetes to kids, from the Diabetes Research Institute.
For helpful tips plus educational word games, read the Diabetes Research Institute’s brochure Diabetes & Kids.
National Diabetes Education Program – Covers diabetes control, prevention, facts and statistics, resources for children, and awareness campaigns.
The Diabetes Risk Test asks users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risk factors for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventive tips are provided for everyone who takes the test. Click here to print out a “Lower Your Risk” Fact Sheet.
See Also: Diabetes Myths, from The American Diabetes Association.