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Small Steps, Big Difference: Celebrating National Diabetes Awareness Month

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things drought together. – Vincent Van Gogh

It’s National #DiabetesMonth! The activities and events that take place throughout this month create an opportunity to heighten awareness of diabetes prevention, care, education, and health outcomes. The theme this year is Small Steps, Big Difference: Preventing diabetes is within your reach. We love the emphasis on small steps. We often write about focusing on small changes, exploring how a client was able to achieve those changes, and then leveraging that success to build upon it to see more success. 

When it comes to preventing diabetes, here are 7 tips from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for National #Diabetes Month about how to manage and even put prediabetes in remission:

  1.  Start with small changes to your lifestyle and daily habits.
  2.  Move more.
  3.  Choose healthier foods and drinks most of the time.
  4.  Lose weight and keep it off.
  5.  Seek health support from your health care team.
  6.  Stay up to date on vaccinations.

When talking with our clients we’ve seen and heard the visible “exhale” of relief when acknowledging that changing choices, patterns and daily habits can be hard, and it’s okay to start small. They  don’t have to change everything at once.  As solution-focused diabetes care and education specialists we  have written about  #DiabetesMonth events and in particular,  taking small steps in the direction of “doing what works”  and then doing “more of what works”.  Beyond #DiabetesMonth we also have written about #WDD (World Diabetes Day) multiple times and #NDAM (National Diabetes Awareness Month). Regardless of the event that moves you to engage, we encourage you to take your own “small steps” to move towards a #solutionfocused practice as you help your clients make small changes to prevent or delay diabetes.

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Deb is employed by Dexcom, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.

Tami is employed by the University of Kentucky HealthCare Barnstable Brown DIabetes Center, but her words and opinions in this blog are her own.