(KUTV) November is National Diabetes Month. Brittany Ly, Diabetes Specialist with the Utah Department of Health, stopped by KUTV to raise awareness about diabetes and encourage participation in World Diabetes Day on November 14th.
• Why is National Diabetes Month/World Diabetes Day important? Why do we care?
o It’s no secret that diabetes is a serious disease and growing in numbers across the nation and in the state of Utah.
o About 145,000 Utahns have been diagnosed with diabetes. This number doesn’t even include those who have diabetes and don’t know it or those with prediabetes.
o National Diabetes Month helps raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes, what resources are available, and also helps us remove some of the negative stigmas surrounding diabetes. With the right education, management, and support, it is entirely possible for someone with diabetes to live a long and healthy life.
• What is happening in the state of Utah surrounding World Diabetes Day?
o We are trying to “Turn Utah Blue” on November 14th for World Diabetes Day.
o The national diabetes awareness symbol is a blue circle (similar to breast cancer awareness being the pink ribbon). There is also a new FREE diabetes awareness app called the “Blue Circle Selfie” app (if you search in your app store, it pops up). The app allows you to take a selfie or a group photo and add the blue diabetes awareness circle to it in order to show your support for diabetes awareness.
o World Diabetes Day is on November 14th, so we are really encouraging everyone to wear blue, use the Blue Circle Selfie app, share photos on social media using the hashtag #UtahsDiabetesCircle, and help us raise awareness and support our family members, neighbors, friends, and co-workers living with diabetes.
• What can you do to get involved?
o Deck yourself out in blue on November 14th for World Diabetes Day. Have fun with it. This isn’t just for healthcare providers or people with diabetes. We want the entire state of Utah to participate in World Diabetes Day to show our support for individuals with diabetes and their families.
o Take pictures yourself, your family, your office staff, etc. supporting and wearing all of your blue gear and share on social media using the hashtag #UtahsDiabetesCircle. We want people to have fun with it, but at the same time, help bring attention to such an important day. World Diabetes Day might come just once a year, but for those individuals living with diabetes, it is a day to day, hour by hour, minute by minute thing.
o If you need more resources or aren’t sure where to start, there are a lot of programs available for people with diabetes and their families. Visit choosehealth.utah.gov for more information.
For more information visit: choosehealth.utah.gov