National Diabetes Month

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Imagine taking three shots a day and pricking your fingers four times a day, tha''s what some Type One Diabetics do on a daily basis to survive.

Jennifer Franklin developed diabetes more than 24 years ago, when she was a young child.

"I take 3 shots a day."

Learning to take 3 shots a day was no easy task, nor was pricking her finger 4 times a day, especially at 7 years old.

"It's hard, you have to have a mind set."

Jennifer has Type 1 Diabetes, also called Juvenile Diabetes because it's mainly diagnosed in children, adolescents and young adults.

Type 1 Diabetics have to take insulin injections because their body quits producing insulin and they need the insulin in order to use the food they eat.

Type Two Diabetes is the most common form of the disease and is usually seen in adults over the age of 40.

Type Two Diabetics still have insulin production and don't necessarily have to take insulin injections.

They have to control blood sugar levels with meal planning, activity and medication or insulin.

Diabetics have to be careful what they eat. They're supposed to eat sugar free foods, which Jennifer says can be tough around the holidays but says she's not letting this disease control her life.

"I lead a very normal life some people let their diabetes control their life, I choose to control my diabetes and live my life the way I want to live it and live it to its fullest."

November is recognized as National Diabetes Month to help educate people about the risks of having the disease.

Health officials say the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in Kentucky.

The Health and Wellness Center located in the Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green has diabetes support group meetings and registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators to help answer any questions you may have.

For more information call (270) 745-0942.