With all of the recent advances in technology, medications, and approaches to managing diabetes, it can be easy to overlook one of the most powerful tools we have to navigate the ups and downs of this condition: human connection. Whether it’s an empathetic family member or friend, an encouraging health coach, or someone else living with diabetes who just “gets it,” finding support can not only make us feel better emotionally, but can influence our health outcomes and help us stick to our treatment plans.
This National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM) 2021, we’re highlighting the profound impact human connection can have for people living with diabetes. We’ll be exploring ways to bring more support into our day-to-day lives.
Join us for the entire month of November for insightful conversations, helpful resources, and inspiring profiles. Whoever you are and wherever might be on your health journey, you deserve to feel supported and uplifted by people who truly care. We hope that #NDAM2021 helps you build stronger relationships and find new ones. Remember, we’re all in this together.
One Drop’s #NDAM2021 activities:
- “The Role of the Health Coach” Instagram Live—Explore health coaching and how working with a health coach can provide support, advice, and encouragement on the path to better health. With One Drop VP of clinical operations, Jamillah Hoy-Rosas, and One Drop coach, Amy, registered dietician (RDN). 11/16 on the One Drop Instagram.
Portraits of Possible mini-doc premiere—Discover how blind powerlifter, Charles King, leans on his best friend to manage his type 2 diabetes and overcome challenging moments from his past. 11/18 on the One Drop Portraits of Possible page.
- “The Power of Connection” panel—Join diaTribe and One Drop’s Mary Elizabeth (senior program content manager), Dr. Harpreet Nagra (VP of behavior science in advanced technologies), and others to discuss how connection and community can make a difference when managing chronic conditions. 11/22 at 12 p.m. EST on the One Drop YouTube channel.
- Community profiles—Find out how people around the world, including One Drop team members, manage their diabetes and live healthier. Available on the One Drop blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
- Free prizes—Make sure to sign up for One Drop emails to find out how you can score a free prize each week of #NDAM2021. Sign up today!
Below are excellent resources that can help you find community and up-to-date information on your health journey.
- diaTribe—A publication highlighting cutting-edge insights and actionable tips to help people better manage diabetes and live healthier.
- Beyond Type 1 and Beyond Type 2—A nonprofit organization uniting the global diabetes community and providing solutions to improve lives.
- DiabetesMine—A publication sharing the latest news, views, and reviews from people with diabetes.
- Diversity in Diabetes—A nonprofit organization created to raise awareness, provide education, and develop solutions that address the lack of diversity in diabetes care and management.
- DiabetesSisters—A women-led and women-focused nonprofit organization that provides support and education to women of all ages, so they can better manage diabetes and live healthier.
- You’re Just My Type—A nonprofit organization created to raise awareness and foster community for children and young people with diabetes.
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)—A leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (t1d) research as well as providing support and advocacy for people with t1d.
- The One Drop Facebook group for One Drop Premium members—connect with a community to explore ways to better manage diabetes, prediabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Message your One Drop coach in the app to join.