November 14 is World Diabetes Day and the them for 2017 is Women and diabetes – our right to a healthy future.
According to the International Diabetes Federation website:
- There are currently over 199 million women living with diabetes. This total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040.
- Two out of every five women with diabetes are of reproductive age, accounting for over 60 million women worldwide.
- Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
- Women with type 2 diabetes are almost 10 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than women without the condition.
- Women with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of early miscarriage or having a baby with malformations.
What needs to be done
- Health systems must pay adequate attention to the specific needs and priorities of women.
- All women with diabetes should have access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self-management education and information they need to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes.
- All women with diabetes should have access to pre-conception planning services to reduce risk during pregnancy.
- All women and girls should have access to physical activity to improve their health outcomes.
If you are unfamiliar with diabetes, you may not know that it does more than wreck your endocrine system; it affects your circulatory system, your eyesight, your heart, and more.
In peace and health,
National Gratitude Month continues, as does my list of what I’m grateful for.
I’m grateful for:
8. The cool side of the pillow;
Thanks for reading,
November 9 is Go to an Art Museum Today Day. If you’re not familiar with your local museums, you really should give them a chance. Find one or two here. Local arts can improve their communities, especially when students are exposed to them. In many communities, you can combine art appreciation with your yoga practice. For instance, I teach twice a week at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It provides a unique, beautiful and calming space to practice. Check for opportunities near you!
In peace and beauty,
November is National Gratitude Month. We can be thankful for both the big and little things in life. Nothing is unimportant if it inspires you and warms your heart.
Yesterday, I made a list of 30 things I am grateful for — one for each day of the month. Here’s the list to today’s date, in no particular order.
I am grateful for:
- My furry family – past and present – and the joy they bring me every day;
- My family, especially my mom and brother, who always have my back;
- The kind of good friends who know your secrets and love you anyway (looking at you, Melissa and Davo!);
- Warm blankets on cool evenings; and
- Fuzzy slippers.
November 6 is National Saxophone Day, so here’s some songs featuring one of my all-time favorite saxophonists, the late Mr. Clarence Clemons.
November 1 is All Saints’ Day! So here’s a fun little musical way to celebrate.
On October 29, 1998, John Glenn became the oldest person to fly in space at the age of 77. We have an interesting relationship with aging in our society: we’re often told to respect our elders and listen to their wisdom while at the same time we are bombarded with media and advertising that tells us 40 is over the hill.
Yoga teaches us to let go of attachment to these labels. We often let our labels define us. How often have we looked around and compared ourselves to others thinking things like, “I can’t do this pose as well as her because I’m too fat/old/inflexible…”? Too often, the ways we define ourselves limit us.
I invite you to observe your thought patterns this week and really examine how you label yourself. When we build awareness, we can let go of limiting thoughts and actions and let our true inner Self shine through.