November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Family Caregiver Month

Posted On : November 7, 2014,   Time : 6:41 pm

November has two specific events that correlate closely to medical diagnoses and obtaining second opinions to confirm them.

The first event is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States. In 2012, there were an estimated 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, with diabetes, according to data from the American Diabetes Association. That’s up a full percentage point just from 2010, when it affected 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Although a large part of that increase is attributed to those who contract type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, a recent study by Kaiser Permanente researchers indicated that cases of type 1 diabetes are also increasing among children.

Diabetes can lead to blindness, loss of limbs and kidney and heart failure. It is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S.

An extremely unsettling fact is that more than 8 million Americans have diabetes and are not aware of it, and a startling 86 million Americans have prediabetes – blood sugar and other health indicators that suggest they could become diabetic in the future.

November is also National Family Caregiver Month. The AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving estimate that nearly 66 million Americans – or 29 percent of the adult population – is providing care to someone who has a disability, a serious illness, or is aging.

Being a family caregiver can be emotionally satisfying and bring loved ones more closely together, but it is also an extraordinarily stressful task. Caregivers often confront feelings of uncertainty that their family member is receiving the best care possible, and are often overwhelmed at navigating the myriad of options and completing seemingly endless tasks in order to render care. Such responsibilities can lead to illness or disability in the caregiver themselves.

caregiver_hands_300Coping tips for family caregivers include:

  • Manage your stress levels
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Give yourself credit, not guilt
  • If you’re able, take a break from caregiving tasks
  • Accept changes in your family member’s condition

If you have received a recent diagnosis or diabetes or prediabetes, or are questioning some of the pathways of care being provided to your loved one, SecondOpinionExpert can provide confirmation of the course you are taking or provide new options. It is the best path toward peace of mind. Visit us at www.secondopinionexpert.com.

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