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"My Type 2" on PBS

By It's My Life on November 12, 2009 3:29 PM | No TrackBacks

You've probably heard of diabetes, but do you really know what it is? Maybe you or someone close to you is living with it so you're like, "Duh!" Or maybe you know it has something to do with insulin and giving yourself shots but because it doesn't affect you, that's as far as your awareness goes.

This Saturday, November 14 is World Diabetes Day, which is a great opportunity to educate yourself or those around you about the disease. You maybe be thinking, "Do we need a whole DAY devoted to diabetes?" Well...yes. Yes we do. Diabetes is difficult. It imposes lifelong demands on the 285 million people worldwide now living with diabetes, as well as their families. People with diabetes have to provide 95% of their own care so they really need to know what's going on. In addition, the International Diabetes Foundation estimates that over 344 million people worldwide are at risk for type 2 diabetes, which can be prevented in many cases with the help of lifestyle changes such as exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. The people behind World Diabetes Day want everyone to:

  • Know the diabetes risks and warning signs
  • Know how to respond to diabetes and who to turn to
  • Know how to manage diabetes and take control
mytype2.jpgThat's why we urge you to check out a new PBS special called "My Type2" which airs this Saturday and tells the stories of several teens aged 13 to 19 who are among the 160 million (and growing) people on the planet living with type 2 diabetes. Watch their video diaries, learn about the disease, and take part in an online community for teens who may wonder, "How do I live with it? How can I handle it? Will it change my life?"

At IML we'll also be addressing this issue with our upcoming "Living with Special Needs" topic. Stay tuned!




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