We're All In for Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month (and Nov. 14th is World Diabetes Day), and if you're on www.AdvocateMeters.com, you probably already know quite a bit about this disease. However, it's important to continue to educate as many people as possible in order to learn the symptoms and ways to manage diabetes if diagnosed.

What it is:

Diabetes is the name given to disorders in which the body has difficulty regulating its blood sugar, or blood glucose, levels. There are two major types of diabetes, Type 1 (T1D) and Type 2 (T2D).

With Type 1, the body mistakenly destroys insulin producing cells, and there are no known cures yet. An autoimmune disease, T1D seems to be genetic most often, and is often diagnosed at a young age. Signs include frequent urination, dry mouth, weight loss, yeast infections, increased thirst, itchy/dry skin or scalp, and increased appetite.

Type 2 diabetes is often diagnosed much later in life, and can be caused by either genetics or behavior. With T2D, the body produces insulin, but is unable to use it effectively. T2D does not always require insulin injections and therapy, and can sometimes be managed with changes to diet and exercise regimens.

What can be done?

With early detection, T2D can be successfully managed, sometimes even completely vanishing all symptoms. However, it is not so simple with T1D, and without regular exercise and changes to diet coupled with insulin therapy (and often medication), it can be fatal. People with T1D can live long and happy lives with the proper care and medication, though, so awareness is key!

We want to continue to fight diabetes, not only through providing the highest quality testing/monitoring aids for humans ( and even pets), but also in funding dedicated researchers in labs across the country.

With each online sale from www.AdvocateMeters.com during the entire month of November 2018, we'll be donating 5% of the total to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Through product innovation and donations, we're all in. Join us in fighting diabetes this November, and every single month, until we find the cure.