Whilst taking a break from my literature review, I came across the FebFast fundraising campaign to tackle youth addiction. Initially, they focused on giving up alcohol for the month of February to raise funds. The highly successful campaign even won them a well-deserved Health Promotion Award in 2013. Sadly, in 2015, their ‘health promotion’ antics have gone wild as they branched out to include a junk food, social media or sugar ‘detox’. While I’m all for encouraging people to avoid junk food and good luck to those avoiding social media, I have a massive problem with the sugar part of it.
Kerri is an inspiration to many people living with diabetes. For me, it’s her advocacy work to unite the diabetes community and to give voices to the unheard that has earned her a place as one of my diabetes heroes. Check out her recent interview about breaking the diabetes stigma. Continue reading “Uniting The Diabetes Community”
Growing up, I was blissfully unaware about diabetes and what it involved. I knew that my grandfather had diabetes. He took tablets, watched everything he ate and exercised and is still healthy and active, even today. Type 1 diabetes was rarely talked about though, even during my health science degree at university. We may have had one lecture that briefly mentioned type 1 diabetes as an autoimmune disease. But everything I learned about diabetes from the media and textbooks focussed on type 2 diabetes. The main message was the same; you will develop type 2 diabetes if you are overweight, if you eat lots of ‘bad foods’ and if you don’t exercise. Now I know, this couldn’t be further away from the truth. Continue reading “Fighting Against Diabetes Stigma & Discrimination”