Today launches Blogging For A Cure so go on over to Blogger and get a free blog so you can join us as we blog for a cure for diabetes throughout the month of November - American Diabetes Month! Why?
Nearly 16-million Americans suffer from diabetes, but many who may be at risk still are not aware of the disease.
There are two types: Type 1 (insulin dependent) and Type 2 (adult onset). Insulin dependent diabetics must take insulin injections simply to stay alive, while those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes often depend upon pills and exercise to regulate their diabetic blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Suffering from diabetes for many Americans continues because of the horrible side effects of this disease. What kind of side effects? Untraumatic limb removal, poor circulation, blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and numerous other negative possibilities that can create quite a bit of suffering for an unlucky, or unhealthy, diabetic.
I've had diabetes since I was one year old. It was inflicted, my family believes, by a virus I caught when I was a baby. I have given myself insulin injections since I was 12 and I have petitioned for a cure for diabetes in the past, and I even testified before Congress, asking for increased diabetes cure research funding.
Does Congress ever listen? Well, yes, but not completely, as not all diabetic-related issues are given serious consideration. Diabetics still are rarely allowed to inject insulin in public schools, for example, without fighting their school district, even though it is a necessity for them to live a balanced and healthy life.
This is why diabetics, friends of diabetics, family members of diabetics and even those who are compassionate enough to stand up for diabetics to stand up and be counted.