November is National Diabetes Month | Miki's Hope

November is National Diabetes Month

Tuesday, November 1, 2016



As most of you may realize I am a diabetic. I even have a separate category on my blog called Diabetes Saga. If you want click into Miki's Hope and scroll down to Labels on the left side bar-it has about 19 posts in there! I am one of the lucky ones who has managed to control it with diet and 2 Metformin pills a day. I don't need Insulin and hope I never do, Just the other day I received a notice under my door. The part that caught my immediate attention was that if you use syringes to administer Insulin (or other medications I assume)--that you are not allowed to throw them in the garbage-even if they are contained in a plastic container. Now I know for a fact that pharmacies will not take back unused medication-they will not dispose of it. I have no idea if hospitals will take these syringes and put them in the hazardous red boxes. What in the world are these people going to do? If anyone knows please write it in a comment below!!  Diabetes is so prevalent it is frightening.




Today I received not one but two requests to spread the word. I have received nothing for this post!! I have it listed under my Charity tab.

If you or a friend or a loved one has diabetes won't you please consider signing up and become a Diabetic Advocate or perhaps you would like to join in on theTourdeCure. There are many other activities where you can help as well as keeping yourself fit.



The second email was about a site the American Diabetes Organization runs called Gift of Hope. There are some really nice items in there for holiday gift giving. Of course there are other items as well, All proceeds help the American Diabetes Organization with its important work! There is an online catalogue where you can view all they have to offer.





I hope you are able to help--even if it is giving a dollar or two when asked by a store you frequent. Every little bit helps!

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29 comments :

Jamie Tomkins said...

It's so important to stay educated on this. There are so many things that you can do to help - thank you for sharing!

Jennifer Johnson said...

My grandfather had diabetes it is so important to stay educated on. I had not heard of this catalog before.

Neely said...

So important to be educated about this. My aunt has had a hard time with it her entire life. Great of you to share.

Saidah Washington said...

We've gotten asked to support Disnetes foundations at our local grocery store. I'm glad to see you raising awareness.

Divya Budhraja said...

I wasn't really too aware of it before when I was living back in California. But, here in Tennessee it's way more prevalent. So I've been learning about it a lot just by living here!

CJ Across the Avenue said...

There's so much great research going on to help with diabetes right now! Awareness is key to getting the kind of support needed to put it on people's radars and education so many who don't know how to properly take care of themselves. Great start with National Diabetes Day!

CourtneyLynne said...

Ooooo I had no idea Diabetes had its own month!!! So many people have it these days. Glad to see more people being supportive of the cause :)

Gladys Parker said...

On behalf of diabetics everywhere I thank-you for raising awareness. I too am a diabetic and have some kidney failure because of it. I give you much credit for keeping yours under control. I have been dieting on an off for many years and have decided, by the advice of my cardiologist, to have weight loss surgery in the spring. I hope that with every post like this at least one person thinks about the possibility of themselves, a child or a love one becoming diabetic and changes something in their diet and level of activity.

Linda A. Kinsman said...

Thank you for sharing this important information today. I have friends and family who work hard to keep their diabetes under control like you are.

Eliz Frank said...

I'm quite shocked that they want folks to jump through hoops to dispose of their insulin needles. With insurance costs so high, many can't afford the additional expense.

Emily Endrizzi said...

Both my ex-husband and my fiancé are insulin dependent (type 1) diabetics. As to your question on how they dispose of their used syringes there are several options. My ex-husband puts his used syringes into an empty plastic laundry detergent container and then screws the lid on that before disposing of it. I guess that would be against the rules according to the flyer that you received. They do sell sharps containers like they use at hospitals that lock when it is time to dispose of them. I suppose that is the way to do it as safely as possible. My fiancé now uses an insulin pump which means he no longer needs to inject himself with needles, but he still had to use syringes (with a needle attached) to fill the pump. That needle never goes into his body though. He throws those directly into the trash after recapping them. Before he had the pump he had to inject himself directly with insulin. There is a small tool that he used that cuts the needle off of the syringe therefore eliminating the possibility that someone would be stuck with his used needle. The tool collected and locked the needles inside and would then be thrown away when full. Because insulin needles are so tiny it would take quite a while before it was full. Before he had that tool he would manually break off the needle and then place it inside the syringe, pushing the plunger down and trapping the needle inside. These needles are very tiny and get bent and trapped inside. Then the syringe could be thrown away fairly safely.

Brandy Tanner said...

I am very uneducated on diabetes and glad to learn more. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Carrie Rundhaug said...

My father was insulin dependent and went through several needles a day. He has a sharp biohazard box thingy like they use at the hospital. He would put them in there and then take them to the doctors office when it was full and get another box. Diabetes is on the rise and I think more people should know about it and the possible complications that come with it. Hopefully people will continue to learn more about this disease.

Erinn Sluka said...

We have several family members with diabetes so I watch that carefully for my own family http://parentinghealthy.com/

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I am diabetic also so this is a cause that is close to my heart. I think it is so important to raise awareness about diabetes.

Countess Contest said...

give me some time to research for you of where you can dispose of needles or medications in the united states..in canada the medications can be given to the pharmacies and they dispose of them...

also up here..they have a needle program for drug addicts..where you can pick up clean needles..which i am assuming you can bring your used needles to get rid of them (not that i am comparing your diabetes to drug addiction)

give me time to look for you

Danielle S said...

It's good to always keep awareness on diabetes.

Pam Gurganus said...

This is a great post with lots of pertinent information! Diabetes can strike anyone at any time and it's so important to be aware. Thank you for sharing.

clojo9372 said...

Diabetes runs in my family so it is something I try to stay on top of for my own health. It's important to stay informed about this. Thanks so much. :)

Sherry Fram said...

Great information! I am not diabetic but I am a retired RN who has taken care of those who did not take care of their diabetes and I cannot stress enough how important that it is to take care of your diabetes to prevent the complications that often accompany it.

Geraldine Sandoval said...

My brother has juvenile diabetes and takes Insulin, another brother has diabetes and takes Metformin. My hubby was diagnosed last year with diabetes and takes Metformin and Invokana. Type 2 Diabetes touches everybody's family and awareness can prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Sarh Snarski said...

I have several family members that are diabetic. They have so much strength changing their diets to help manage their diabetes. I've never been able to alter my diet for my medical conditions.

Edye Nicole said...

Spreading awareness on this subject is very important!

1AlwaysNYC 1 said...

I would think that hospitals or doctors offices would help you dispose of sharps.

sihem said...

thank you for this great post

Kelly OMalley said...

It blows my mind that 1 in 11 people are living with Diabetes. I have some family members that deal with this issue and awareness is key. Thanks for doing this post.

Cheryl Everitt said...

Awesome information. Thank you.

Rita M said...

I have a lot of relatives diagnosed with varying degrees of diabetes, so staying informed & spreading awareness is very important.

Karen Jaras said...

My cousin has had a very close call with diabetes. I wish they knew more about it before he got so sick.

 
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