Come Take Care at the “Take Care Health Fair”!
Hello Fellow Rockets and Other Readers,
I have wonderful news! The UT Student for Diabetes Awareness is putting on a health fair for UT and the community November 13, 2012 at 11am to 3pm in the Student Union – Trimble Lounge (South Lounge).
November is American Diabetes Month; I cannot even begin to explain the affects diabetes has on our nation. Type I diabetes is still prevalent, but with new technology and education we have gained control of it. Many of you may know someone who has diabetes or it could even be you yourself who has diabetes.
Our flyer for the health fair is in the link below:
Just to cover some information on diabetes:
“Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type I diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.” (Diabetes 2012).
Type II diabetes is one of the the top chronic illnesses plaguing our nation. Type II diabetes is rising among the youth which used to be heard of. As our nation is growing in pertaining to obesity so are the illnesses that come with it.
However, type II diabetes can be prevented “Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type II diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications” (Diabetes 2012).
Type II can be effectively managed and/or prevented with a healthy diet, exercise, and weight management.
I urge you to please come to the health fair this upcoming Tuesday we will have both campus and community organizations present to help educate and promote awareness about diabetes.