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Diabetes Education

Oct 31, 2007
Diabetes education has only recently been acknowledged as a key component of diabetes management, although diabetes education predates the discovery of insulin in 1921. After years of experience and evidence-based research, there is growing recognition that diabetes education is more than simply teaching patients with diabetes what to and what not to do. The key aims of diabetes education are to change behaviour and promote self-management. Self-management implies that the person with diabetes will understand the impact of factors such as food intake, exercise, stress and medication on blood glucose, and will be able to make appropriate adjustments to maintain glucose within a target level. Diabetes education consists of providing tools and support to patients as they learn to manage their disease.

Diabetes education is possibly the best way to help prevent a disease that the World Health Organization has dubbed an epidemic and is becoming more prevalent in the western countries than it ever was before. When you add to that the fact that diabetes is also becoming a problem in the developing nations of the world then it becomes apparent that the world would benefit from some diabetes education.

Diabetes, it is believed, is becoming a problem due to the decrease in the healthy content of the every day diet. With fast foods and sugary snacks taking the place of fruits and vegetables it becomes apparent that diabetes education may be the only thing that saves people from the disease in this day and age. The more you know about what causes diabetes the less likely you are to engage in those activities. But more than that, the more you know about the effects of a disease like diabetes and how it can permanently change your life then the more likely you are to want to make the changes in your life that cause you to have a more healthy lifestyle. While diabetes is not limited to overweight or under-active people those types of people are more apt to become afflicted with it than others. So engage in a little diabetes education and find out how to avoid this potentially fatal disease.

Making the quest for diabetes education a personal one is probably the most effective way to motivate yourself to learn more about it. In one of my recent trips to the doctor he gave me the rundown of what diabetes is and what it can do to me if I don't change my habits now. I am not getting any younger and as you age your body loses its ability to function as it did in your younger days. The inability to properly use insulin to process the glucose in your system is about as important of a thing to avoid as almost any other result of growing older. My doctor made it very clear what can happen to me if I do not make some changes and that little bit of diabetes education certainly helped me changed my life. The more you know the safer you can be and when you take the time to learn more about diabetes you better your chances of avoiding the disease become. Take some time to learn about diabetes because it can affect anyone at any time and when it strikes it can be fatal if it is not properly treated.
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