National Diabetes Month: Help spread eye health awareness
Each November communities across the country observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.
Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage and Randy Jackson knows this all too well; he wants to help everyone with diabetes live a healthier life.
The Connection Between Diabetes and Eye Health:
When Randy Jackson was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, he knew a lifestyle change was needed to improve his health including a healthy diet and ample exercise — yet he was surprised to discover is there is a direct correlation between diabetes and eye sight.
People with diabetes need to take special care of their eyes because they are prone to develop Diabetic Retinopathy (“DR”), which is a complication of diabetes caused by damage to blood vessels in the eyes. There are usually no early warning signs or symptoms which makes it difficult to detect without an eye exam. When vision loss occurs, it is often too late to fully restore sight. That is why it is crucial that diabetics have an annual comprehensive eye exam.
This is the message he wants to share with the public. And, as an avid eyeglass wearer, he believes eyewear should be a fun, bold accessory that empowers men by enhancing their personal style. A new corrective prescription resulting from a yearly eye exam is a great opportunity to update your wardrobe. Why not look great while caring for your eyes and choose one of Randy’s favorite accessories, eyewear!
WATCH: Randy Jackson Discuss Eye Health on Dr. Oz:
Help promote National Diabetes Month:
We encourage partners, organizations, and health care professionals to help us promote National Diabetes Month! Use these online resources provided by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to learn how you can get involved.
The Power of Social Media:
Use these examples of social media posts to share about National Diabetes Month!
- November is National Diabetes Month! Living with diabetes can be challenging to manage every day. You are the most important member of your diabetes care team, and you don’t have to manage your diabetes alone. Seek support from health professionals, your family, friends, and community to help you manage your diabetes. Find out more information here.
- You are the center of your diabetes care team. This National Diabetes Month, remember to seek help from your diabetes care team, including friends and loved ones. Learn more in the video here!
- It’s National #DiabetesMonth & YOU are the center of your #diabetes care team! Check out some tips for your next doc visit here.
- This National #DiabetesMonth, remember to seek out help from your #diabetes care team. Learn more in this video.
World Diabetes Day:
On November 14th organizations worldwide host events to raise awareness about diabetes. Visit the International Diabetes Federation’s World Diabetes Day website to share your event or find other events near you.
How will you spread awareness about National Diabetes Month? Let us know in the comments below!