We know it can be hard to hear that you have diabetes. You probably feel overwhelmed and confused. You are asking yourself, “What now?”.
Well, the good news is you have a community to fall back on. You do not have to maneuver this by yourself. You have the support of countless others who have felt the same shock. Your diagnosis is simply the first step. There are ways you can manage your diabetes—through diet, exercise, medical support and emotional help. Dig in. Take action. Moreover, know that we have everything you need to help you live a long, healthy life surrounded by people who know exactly what you are going through.
If you have type 1 diabetes, it means that your pancreas produces little to no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body.
Type 1 requires monitoring your blood sugar and administering multiple daily insulin injections with a pen, syringe or a pump. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, everyone can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
You have an array of tools at your disposal to help you manage it. Finding ways to manage your blood sugar levels, your insulin intake, diet and exercise, and working with your diabetes care team, can help you feel healthier and help you stay on top of your condition. NTHS provides diabetes care through our medical providers, diabetes educator and our dieticians.
With type 2 diabetes, your body does not make enough insulin or does not use it well preventing your body’s cells from using glucose for the energy it needs. While some people can control their blood glucose levels with healthy eating and exercise, others may need medication or insulin to help manage it. Regardless, you have options and we're here with the tools, resources, and support you need.
A key part of managing type 2 diabetes is physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. For physical activity, all you have to do is get moving. The key is to find activities you love and do them as often as you can. A little activity every day can help you put yourself in charge of your life. To maintain a healthy diet, work with one of our dieticians to find helpful tips and diet plans that best suit your lifestyle. We want your nutritional intake work the hardest for you. Remember, it’s a process.
Medicine can be another key to managing your type 2 diabetes. Work with your doctor to see what medicines can help you keep your blood sugar in your target range. Some people take both pills and insulin or insulin by itself.
Feeling very thirsty
Feeling very hungry—even though you are eating
Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
Weight loss—even though you are eating more (type 1)
Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)
Diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness, often has no early warning signs. The longer a person has diabetes, the greater their risk of developing diabetic eye disease. But the good news is that early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can lower the risk of blindness by 95%. Managing diabetes with diet, exercise, and medication is the best way for people with diabetes to lower the risk of vision loss. The most common diabetic eye disease is diabetic retinopathy, but people with diabetes are also at higher risk for diabetic macular edema (DME), cataracts, and glaucoma.
Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the retina (the light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of your eye). The early stages of diabetic retinopathy usually don’t have any symptoms. Some people notice changes in their vision, like trouble reading or seeing faraway objects. These changes may come and go.
In later stages of the disease, blood vessels in the retina start to bleed into the vitreous (gel-like fluid that fills your eye). If this happens, you may see dark, floating spots or streaks that look like cobwebs. Sometimes, the spots clear up on their own — but it’s important to get treatment right away. Without treatment, scars can form in the back of the eye. Blood vessels may also start to bleed again, or the bleeding may get worse. Treatment may include injections. laser treatment, or eye surgery.
A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye. Over time, cataracts can make your vision blurry, hazy, or less colorful. You may have trouble reading or doing other everyday activities. The good news is that surgery can get rid of cataracts. Cataract surgery is safe and corrects vision problems caused by cataracts.
You can take steps to protect your eyes and delay cataracts.
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness by damaging a nerve in the back of your eye called the optic nerve. At first, glaucoma doesn’t usually have any symptoms.
Over time, you may slowly lose vision, usually starting with your side (peripheral) vision — especially the part of your vision that’s closest to your nose. As the disease gets worse, you may start to notice that you can’t see things off to the side anymore. Without treatment, glaucoma can eventually cause blindness. The only way to find out if you have glaucoma is to get a comprehensive dilated eye exam. There’s no cure for glaucoma, but early treatment can often stop the damage and protect your vision.
Macular edema happens when blood vessels leak into a part of the retina called the macula. This makes the macula swell, causing blurry vision.
There are many different conditions that can cause macular edema. The most common one is diabetic retinopathy. When diabetic retinopathy causes macular edema, it’s called diabetic macular edema (DME).
You may notice that colors look dull or faded and that objects look wavy, especially when you look straight ahead. Objects may also look like they’re different sizes if you look out of 1 eye and then the other. Treatment for diabetic macular edema is taking steps to manage your diabetes. Injections, eye drops, laser treatment and eye surgery are additional ways to treat macular edema.
National Family Caregivers Month is celebrated every year in November. Created and promoted by the Caregiver Action Network, this is a month dedicated to providing support for, and raising awareness of, family caregivers, or individuals who care for relatives or loved ones living with chronic illness, disabilities, terminal illness, or aging issues. It is also for individuals who care for veterans living with illness or injury because of military service.
Caregiving is a tough job. This November, we remember the people who lovingly give baths, clean houses, shop for, and comfort the millions of elderly and ill people who are friends and loved ones.
Almost a third of the adult U.S. population is a caregiver for an ill or disabled relative, the majority are female and many are employed part- or full-time.
Family caregivers operate as extensions of health care systems performing complex medical and therapeutic tasks and ensuring care recipient adherence to therapeutic regimens.
Ethnic minority caregivers had a lower socioeconomic status, received more support from family members and friends, provided more care than White caregivers and had worse physical health.
Family caregivers often face stress and disruption of their own well-being and social activities, but many also experience psychological and health benefits.
Caregiver facts and statistics on the high costs for home health care and skilled nursing care for family members in caregiver roles experiencing financial hardships following the disability of a spouse or adult child due to medical costs, lower income and limits for insurance coverage.
Finding a positive form of coping with stressful circumstances and situations can involve finding meaning through positive reappraisals, spiritual beliefs or other adaptive coping mechanisms in the face of stress.
Caregiving takes time from support sources like colleagues, spouses, children, friends and task-oriented groups or clubs and activities are limited by distance, mobility, and difficulties in obtaining respite care.
Care recipients whose caregivers lack effective coping styles or have problems with depression are at risk for falling, secondary complications such as pressure sores and declines in functional abilities.
Caregiving while still holding down an outside job is exhausting. Much of caregiving is unpaid. National Family Caregivers Month in November provides resources for self-care, advocacy, and de-stressing for our caregivers. The month is dedicated to supporting caregivers as they care for others.
National Family Caregivers Month features lots of vital information to help caregivers cope with a tough and sometimes thankless job. There are tips for caregivers such as taking care of your own health, accepting offers of help from others, learning the skills to speak effectively with doctors, and being open to new, assistive technologies that can lighten your load. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Watching a parent age or seeing someone change drastically due to illness can be devastating. Take some time to monitor your own well being. If you are not sleeping well, exercising, or feel yourself becoming reclusive, speak to a professional about depression. It can hit anyone at any time. There is no shame in feeling overwhelmed.
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National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
National Epilepsy Awareness Month
National Family Health History Month
National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Prematurity Awareness Month
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National Patient Transport Week Oct. 30 – Nov. 5
National Diabetes Education Week Nov. 6 – 12
National Radiologic Technology Week Nov. 6 – 12
National Nurse Practitioner Week Nov. 13 – 19
National Radiologic Technology Week Nov. 6 – 12
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week Nov. 20 – 26
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