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World Diabetes Day: A Day Your Family Can’t Ignore

November 10, 2019

Today, November 14th, join us in spreading awareness for World Diabetes Day from right here in Katy, TX. World Diabetes Day was started in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization as a result of the progressive rise of diabetes among the human population. The general purpose of the day is a call to understand the serious impact of diabetes and what to know, and if possible, how to prevent or postpone diabetes and its related complications.


Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, amputation, heart disease, kidney failure, and early death. The truth is many individuals will perform more preventative maintenance on the vehicles they own in their lifetime than they will their own body. But the important aspect that some times may not be considered is how it affects the family and support network of those affected by the disease.


Here are three reasons diabetes can be a legitimate concern for almost any family:1. There are over 425 million people right now living with diabetes throughout the world.2. 1 out of every 2 people with diabetes is currently living without being diagnosed and aware.3. Diabetes can be a significant financial burden for many due to expensive medicines and medical care.


The CDC reports 1 out of every 10 people in the US population has diabetes. The individuals suffering from this illness will withstand much greater chances for managing their diseases with strong support from their family and support network. This is why it’s so important to take time on this day to show our support for those living with the disease.
There are variety of complications that are associated with the disease, including taking medicines, injecting insulins, continuous medical care appointments, checking blood sugar, regulating food, among other things. The affected individual is less likely to become overwhelmed by the disease to the point of giving up with the support of a family member or friend.


The best way to reduce the likelihood of your family being affected by diabetes starts with knowing your risk. Regardless of risk, there are a few preventative measures you can take to prevent or delay this disease, courtesy of the American Diabetes Association, including:1. Performing physical activity on a daily basis.2. If you are overweight, cut calories to help you lose weight.3. Avoiding fad diets, and making healthier choices in general.


So this year, join us in raising awareness of the impact diabetes has on families across the world. We must continue to be aware of the role the family serves in the management, care, prevention, and education of this horrible disease.
Gastro Health & Nutrition-Katy provides specialized gastroenterology treatments and services here in Katy, TX. Our physician is board certified in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and our expert staff offers exceptional care in a comfortable environment.


While our office is located in Katy, we serve patients all throughout the surrounding Katy area including Houston, Fulshear, Cinco Ranch, Brookshire, Foster, and other surrounding counties. Our top priority is patient care and satisfaction in all that we do. We encourage you to browse our website to find answers to any gastrointestinal related questions you may have or to find out more about the services and treatments we provide.

By Dharmendra Verma

Dharmendra Verma, MD finished his residency training in Internal medicine at the University of Texas, Houston along with MD Anderson Cancer Center, where subsequently, he received subspecialty fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

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