Saturday, November 14, 2015

Diabetes Day: November 14

Slated half way between Halloween and Thanksgiving, today marks an awareness day:  World Diabetes Day.  In fact, November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

I wonder if that was by accident. I know I've added an unwanted pound or two the last few weeks as I raid my kids' candy cache from trick or treating. And I know that the tryptophan. carbo-loading, feast-fest Day o'Thanks' menu is in the making.

Here's a startling quote from (which is an excellent place to go for fact sheets and interactives)
"415 million adults have diabetes. By 2040 this will rise to 642 million."
Wow!  Those numbers are staggering.

Clearly there is a need for a little awareness so we can try to turn those numbers around.  I've written about our sugar-saturated & overly-obese society before.  When I look at the dates of my posts, the conversation hasn't changed much over the last five years.

World Diabetes Day is a global awareness campaign that is spear-housed by the International Diabetes Federation. Last year, over 100 countries had dedicated events to raising awareness in both the dietary and hereditary causes of diabetes, and how to handle life if you are afflicted with this chronic condition. This year, 323 events are scheduled in 76 countries. The first World Diabetes Day was in 2007.

Here is an infographic with some more eye-opening statistics:

To learn more about World Diabetes Day, check out some of the following resources:
Here are some recipes that can lead you on a
Go forth this weekend with greater awareness, and a pause with the intention for a more mindful approach to eating.

Images from:; Infographic from

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