Diabetes changed our lives – American Diabetes Month

American Diabetes Month
This is a compensated post for Mom It Forward Blogger Network on behalf of Colgate Total. However all opinions expressed are my own.

Today’s post is very personal for me. November is American Diabetes Month and my father is suffering from Diabetes. He recently started dialysis and is taking the steps to get on the transplant list, while our family is in the process of being tested as possible donors.

It’s impacted our lives greatly. And I say our lives because Diabetes affects the entire family. When my father is sick, or can’t walk or has to go to the hospital for some complication, we are there. Diabetes is a disease that never ends. I have seen my dad struggle with this disease night and day. It’s non-stop and takes a huge amount of effort to live with this disease. It never stops and doesn’t go away.

Scary figures:

  • Nearly 12% of the U.S. Hispanic population has diagnosed diabetes.
  • The risk of diagnosed diabetes is 66% higher among Hispanics when compared to non-Hispanic white adults.

Just being a Hispanic puts us at a higher risk of getting Diabetes.

Recently, there was a link found between oral health and diabetes. Take a look at the graphic below.

According to the CDC, people with diabetes are two times more likely to develop gum disease.

American Diabetes Month

Colgate Total and the American Diabetes Association have launched a new campaign called “Watch Your Mouth!” to help raise awareness surrounding the often-overlooked link between oral health and diabetes.

Here are a few simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent early gum disease:

o    Visit your dentist regularly. While your doctor and certified diabetes educator play an important role in helping with your diabetes, so does your dentist.

o    Follow healthy dental habits at home.  Research shows that brushing twice a day with Colgate Total® toothpaste can help improve gum health in as little as four weeks.

This is a campaign that hits close to my heart. I urge you to make yourself aware of the risk factors of this disease, or if you’re already living with the disease, become aware of the link between gum disease and Diabetes.

For more information on this you can visit OralHealthAndDiabetes.com where you can get more helpful oral care tips.


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    January 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Both of my older sisters were born with diabetes. Unfortunately, one of my sisters passed away when i was 9 due to complications of diabetes. My niece on my husbands side also suffers from diabetes. I agree, when one person has it the entire family goes through it too!

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    Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison
    November 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

    My mom has had diabetes now for almost 35 years. Being of AA descent it’s also prevalent in our community. My maternal side of the family currently suffers from diabetes. My mother is insulin dependent but so far hasn’t run into any complications with her kidneys. I hope that something happens soon for your dad, living in pain and having to be dependent on dialysis is no joke. That’s great of Colgate to bring awareness to something that is ongoing. I actually also had no idea that oral care and diabetes ran hand in hand either. Kudos to Colgate.

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    November 29, 2013 at 4:25 am

    My mother & brother are diabetic, but I never realized there was a correlation between gum disease and diabetes!

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    November 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for sharing this post. My father and both my in-laws have diabetes, and I know my father doesn’t have the best oral hygiene. I think more people should be aware of the correlation between gum disease and diabetes!

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    November 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

    My cousin had Diabetes & it was crazy, But Im so sorry to hear that about your dad, I will pray for your family &^ I hope that he finds a match, Thanks so much for sharing your times with us, make sure you write another post to let us know how things are going.

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    November 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Wow! My grandfather suffered from diabetes, as did my great uncle who actually went blind because of the disease. Interesting correlation between gum disease and diabetes.

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    Wendy Bottrell
    December 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    It seems oral health is vital to overall health. I have been using Certified Organic Toothpaste and personal care products for years to eliminate all the toxic ingredients like fluoride!

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    Amber Edwards
    December 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    we have friends with type 1 and family members with type 2. Either one will definitely change your life and lifestyle. What a great month to bring awareness to it! If more were aware I know a lot wouldn’t end up with type 2!

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    December 3, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I have several friends who have diabetes, yet I didn’t know that this is American Diabetes Month. The link between oral health and diabetes actually is what has driven one of my diabetic friends to become a dentist, as he sees a great need there.

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    December 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My Dad was a Diabetic and he had such a hard time with it. They had classes at the hospital to explain things but he refused to go.
    So sorry about your Father..

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    Jennifer Williams
    December 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Diabetes runs in my family and I know how horrible it is watching your loved ones deal with it. It is so important to take care of your health to help prevent it from happening.

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    December 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies and it was not pretty at all. even though it was a temporary condition, I suffered through 9 months my sticking with strict diet and taking insulin 3 times a day and blood checking 5 times a day! I can only feel for people who have this as permanent condition. It is really sad…

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    Joanna Sormunen
    December 9, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Diabetes is a big epidemy and there are many related problems. I never thought about gum disease and diabetes but it is logical that it would be threatening for a diabetic person.
    Thank you for sharing this information!

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    Kristin Sumner
    December 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Mu husband’s grandma has diabetes and we worry about my husband getting it. He is going to be going to the doctor for a well man checkup pretty soon and I am making sure they will do all blood tests that is needed to make sure he is still healthy.

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    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    December 12, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Very important post! My dad has diabetes, as did my grandmother before him! Awareness is half the battle!

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    December 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Such a great infographic to share!! My MIL has Diabetes, it’s nice that you’re sharing the info.

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    December 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I never thought about dental care regarding diabetics. Thanks for this info; I have a relative that this would be useful for.

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    January 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    My aunt had diabetes and she is no longer with us. It is a sickness that involes everyone, like allergies to nuts, ect.

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    Chubskulit Rose
    January 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Your post reminds me that our dental appointment is coming up in a few weeks. It is important to do it regularly to avoid health issues.

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    Aisha Kristine Chong
    January 11, 2014 at 7:21 am

    thanks for the reminder – I have yet to visit my dentist once again.

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    Fabulous Perks
    January 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    My grandmother suffers from Diabetes. its painful watching her go through it. I was aware that dental care has its rolling in Diabetes. Thanks for sharing!

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    teresa mccluskey
    January 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    My grandmother has type one and my mother had type 2. it is very scary with my granny, my mother lost 200+ pounds and along with that she lost her diabetes

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    Tough Cookie Mommy
    January 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    My father is also diabetic and so am I. It is so important to raise awareness about this since so many people are dealing with it.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 11, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I am pretty blown away with the connection to oral health. I had zero idea about that!

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    January 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    My FIL passed away from complications of Diabetes couple of years back, so in our family we are always worried about it. Your information with regards with Oral health is very helpful.

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    Jen@ Dental Care in Mexico
    January 28, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Studies have shown that diabetics are more receptive to the increase of oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have. Patient should avoid having serious gum disease because it may likely influence the blood glucose control thus contributing to the progression of the diabetes. Taking care of our teeth and gums is not only necessary for diabetic patients but for all of us, it could go a long way, diseases are preventable and could save you and your family a lot of money.

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