The chances are that diabetes is in your life. You cannot escape it. With a growing worldwide population being affected by the disease the statistics show that you will know someone that lives with it. It could be a father, an aunt, a co-worker or a friend.
Every November communities and families across the country observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to disease and its impact on millions of Americans. Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day. The struggle is with the person suffering, as well as those closest to them.
Nearly half a billion of people worldwide have diabetes. Over 30 million people in the US are living with diabetes, which is a staggering 9.4% of the US population.
The time is now to be dedicated to promoting diabetes care, prevention and finding a cure worldwide.
It is an effort that works on how do individuals on a daily basis work and live with the disease. With support and love it is possible to gain strength and change for the better. Even something as small as eating a healthier meal at a dinner table make a difference.
“Small gradual changes are what work best,” stated Diabetes Educator, Constance Brown-Riggs. “Family has to appreciate the fact that the individual is making the small changes.”
According to a recent survey from LifeScan, Inc. part of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care Companies and the creators of OneTouch Verio Flex®, more than half of diabetes patients reported that if someone they cared about took the time to recognize their everyday effort it would motivate them to increase their efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Furthermore, 15% said that recognition from their loved one would touch them so much that they would get emotional. Yet, most of the time their small victories go unnoticed.
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, LifeScan is honoring people with diabetes across the country with in-person surprises celebrating everyday lifestyle changes that have helped them move forward with managing their blood glucose. The launch of the #SmallVictories campaign is a result of key insights from a new survey showing that while 83% of people living with type 2 diabetes feel they’re working hard to make everyday lifestyle changes, more than a quarter can’t remember the last time they received any recognition for their efforts to manage their diabetes.
The campaign aims to help people with diabetes see how the moments and the choices they make add up and empower them to celebrate each and every victory. As part of the celebration we will be surprising several people with diabetes in front of a live audience with a personal party experience based on their unique small victory.
People living with diabetes and those who support them are invited to recognize accomplishments of their own or of others with diabetes on social media using the hashtag #SmallVictories.
Here is to a healthier world for all.