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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

As a little girl growing up, we spent time at my grandparents. I loved the visit to my paternal grandparent’s home because my cousin, just eight months younger than me was often there. We knew how to get in trouble. On one such occasion we used urine strips and after each of us had done our “duty” failed to flush, in a rush to get to the beckoning bedroom down the hall where we stained our lips with the reddest ruby lipstick ever invented and doused ourself in every perfume Grandma had on her dresser..

Then it happened. Grandma growled our names. It was evidence she had us in line of sight and we were about to learn the destiny our trouble had thrown. Ironically, as we stood there, with lips that would have made Joker greener with envy and wreaking of cheap and inexpensive cologne, these were not the reasons we were on the “Trouble List”. It was those urine strips! Not because we had used them, but because Grandma was now in a rile because ONE of us was diabetic because the strip was vivid with color. One by one we were marched into the bathroom. One by one we had to repeat our previous antic, in front of Grandma.In the end, it was the combination of our urine that was toxic to the strip. Grandma sighed with great relief. SHE was a diabetic and I know she wanted good health for her girls.

A car accident took Grandma, not diabetes. This month marks the first anniversary of the American Diabetes Association’s ( ADA ) Stop Diabetes movement, in which (their weight loss program for type 2 diabetics) is a proud national sponsor of the movement.According to the ADA , within the past year, about 1.5 million Americans were newly diagnosed with diabetes and it now affects 24 million people in this country, with more than twice that number showing early signs of the disease. If present trends continue, one in three children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetimes. Take the right steps now to keep that from happening.The ADA is raising awareness and researching ever improving means to diagnose, prevent, and manage diabetes.  There are a number of factors that put a person at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and the good news is some of these can be addressed by simple lifestyle changes.  For example, weight gain is one of the leading causes of diabetes. If you are overweight, losing just a little bit of weight – a 200 pound person losing 10 pounds, for example – is enough to help reduce your risk of developing diabetes. The future of diabetes is in all of our hands.

My goal is to lose 5% of my weight (10.7 lbs) in five weeks and 10%  (21.4 pounds).in 10 weeks. These small stepping stones will immediately improve my health. I can tell you that after nine days on Nutrisystem, I already feel better!
It’s easy to join Nutrisystem in the American Diabetes Association’s important movement to Stop Diabetes™.  Just visit and take action today.

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