November 1st marks the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Month. This month is used to help bring attention to all types of diabetes and the people it affects. The American Diabetes Association has claimed that this year’s campaign theme is “Everyday Reality”. This campaign is intended to aid in understanding the daily reality that those living with diabetes face. This includes every decision they make, from what they eat, to how to care for themselves. Here at TemporaryTattoos.com, we have created some vibrant temporary tattoos to help increase diabetes awareness!
What is Diabetes?
There are several types of diabetes including Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational. The body produces a hormone, insulin, which is used to get glucose from your bloodstream to your cells. In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes occurs at every age, and about 5% of the U.S. population has Type 1. Show the world that you are a Type 1 diabetic with our Type 1 diabetes temporary tattoos. Our tattoos include Diabetes Unicorn and Type Onederful, two great additions to help people bring awareness.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body causes your blood sugar (glucose) levels to rise higher than normal. In this case, your pancreas generates too much extra insulin, but over time it is not able to make enough insulin to keep your blood sugar levels normal. This is called insulin resistance. Let others know that you have diabetes for your safety, and to raise awareness with our Diabetic Alert temporary tattoo. See if you or a loved one is at risk for Type 2 diabetes with this Risk Test.
Gestational diabetes is found in pregnant woman who were not diagnosed with diabetes prior to their pregnancy, but have high blood sugar levels. In a 2014 analysis, gestational diabetes in the U.S. was as high as 9.2%. There is no firm identification as to what causes gestational diabetes; however, it is believed that it involves the placenta where the baby is growing. The placenta produces hormones that helps the baby develop, but these hormones cause the mother to not get enough insulin in her own body. Therefore, she builds insulin resistance, and her body is not able to create or use all the insulin needed for her pregnancy.
Those with diabetes face everyday battles that dictate life choices. Researchers are hard at work to help make the lives of those with diabetes easier, and one day find a cure. In 2016, 37% of the American Diabetes Association’s research budget was dedicated to Type 1 diabetes. This year, TemporaryTattoos.com teamed up with some social influencers to help raise awareness for diabetes at the JDRF walk in October. We helped raise awareness with our temporary tattoos in a fun way that kids, teens, and adults alike wanted to share!
If you love the idea of designing your own look, create a custom tattoo for diabetes awareness month. We love to see how our friends incorporate our temporary tattoos in their lives, so be sure to tag us on social media @temporary.tattoos!