I’ve been reading up on the statistics for Diabetes in Canada, and it looks like more than 9 million Canadians now live with diabetes or pre-diabetes. This month of November is National Diabetes Month and it is important to educate those around you so that your loved ones know how to take preventative measures. There is unfortunately no cure for Diabetes, so education is especially important.
As a child I went to visit my aunt occasionally, and she always had a buffet of sweets for us. We did eat sweets on occasion, and baked goods, too—but never like this. At some point when I was younger, my dad told me how that aunt (his sister) and several other members of his family had diabetes. I also remember reading a Babysitter’s Club book where one of the characters, Stacey, had Diabetes. I learned from an early age that there were certain things you needed to do when you had Diabetes—and I was scared. Being properly educated might have taken some of that fear away, so I hope that this month we can all help spread the message.
The holidays are a time when many people like to indulge with extra sweets and treats. You don’t need to give up on sweets entirely, though—try the low-calorie recipes on the Equal website.
My family and I have been getting more physically active, especially getting more fresh air. Now that I am in a really sunny city again, I enjoy going outside to get some daily exercise, supplemented with indoor exercise and weight management. No longer a student, I feel that I’m getting more on track with my eating and exercise.
National Diabetes Day is November 14th, and the National Post will be putting out their 4th annual Report on Diabetes on November 10th to help education their over 433,000 readers. The National Post has decided to only feature Equal sweetener in their 8 page spread. What sorts of things will you find included in this special report? It will include prevention of diabetes, actions to manage the disease reactions to the effects of the disease, and a cover story on Bret Michaels, who will discuss his battle with Type 1 Diabetes.
I made a donation, and would encourage you to do the same—Donate to Juvenile Diabetes.
If you’d like to pick up some Equal to try out the new recipes I mentioned, in the Sobey’s Baking Flyer – Equal Sucralose is on sale for $5.99 this week! You can also keep track of other recipes and ideas along with sales or specials by following @EqualCanada on Twitter and EqualCanada on Facebook.
Thank you for your comment. I think it is one of those things people do for children—offering lots of sweets as treats. Love your post on Cookie Exchange. yum!
I remember reading those books, I think it was my first intro to Diabetes too! Great post!
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i think those books taught me a lot about different important lessons!