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Health Tips from Readers Like You!

In our August issue, we asked you to tell us your tips for talking to loved ones about their health, and you listened! Read below to find out what your fellow readers had to say.

  • "Great tips on addressing a loved one who suffers from CKD. I would like to stress how important it is to some people to sometimes keep their health private because they do not want people to fuss and show new interest in them because of their condition. They want to be considered a person who happens to be affected by the illness and not as a sick person."—Karin
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November is National Diabetes Month: Learn About the Connection Between Diabetes and Kidney Diseases

Did you know that diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure? November is National Diabetes Month and a good time to make the connection between managing diabetes and keeping your kidneys healthy.

This November, take the time to remember that diabetes is a family affair . If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one with the disease, family support is very important when it comes to managing diabetes and preventing serious health problems. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has resources to help you make healthy lifestyle changes as a family, as well as resources that can be used in community settings. NDEP also recommends four basic steps for managing diabetes :

We want to hear from you! What steps do you take to manage your diabetes? Email us at nkdep@info.niddk.nih.gov, subject line “Diabetes Tips,” to tell us about it and we may feature you in a future eNewsletter!

Page last updated: November 6, 2013