Diabetes With Spinal Cord Injury: November Is Diabetes Month By Patty Kunze, RN, BSN And Roberta Palmer, RN

d68c8a32c2ba592d8dbf652250391ea3-huge-diYears ago, someone came up with the idea to recognize a condition each month.  For example, September is spinal cord injury month, October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and November is the month of diabetes awareness.  Awareness months, weeks, and days are important because they allow people with certain health conditions, along with their loved ones, advocacy organizations, and support groups, to rally around a common cause: health. Educational, fundraising, and support events are often held during these times.  Upon our investigation, two different sites did not list September as being Spinal Cord Injury Month although Congress designated it to be so in July 2015.   It would be interesting to know if only the U.S. spinal cord injury population is raising awareness during the month of September but that’s another story.

We are here to discuss diabetes and the relationship to spinal cord injury.  When we set out to investigate the correlation of diabetes and spinal cord injury, we located an article written by National Institute of Health stating “overall prevalence of diabetes in individuals with an SCI/D was 20% (3 times higher than in the general population).” Not surprising results and they make sense considering we are unable to walk, run, or move as we once did prior to our spinal cord injury.  In a nutshell, we are unable to fully exercise as before.  Because we are not moving as we once did, our muscle mass is changing and allowing fat to accumulate much quicker than before, therefore the insulin is being used differently.  In an additional article from Craig Hospital, “Long term spinal cord injury (SCI) and diabetes? Some research suggests the two go hand in hand with as many as 20% of spinal cord injured people having adult-onset diabetes.” Wow, two comments with the same results.  So if persons with spinal cord injury are 20% at higher risk than the general public, what can be done to decrease our risk of diabetes after injury?

To read more about Diabetes and SCI go to:  http://www.mobilewomen.org/2017/11/diabetes-with-spinal-cord-injury.html
Posted by Sparky on Nov 19, 2017 12:13 PM America/New_York