National Diabetes Month 2018: Social Media Toolkit
Social Media for National Diabetes Month – Aging and the Eye
1. #DidYouKnow that as you age, you are at higher risk of developing eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (#AMD), #cataract, #DiabeticEyeDisease, and #glaucoma? Visit https://www.nei.nih.gov/agingeye to learn about your risk factors and what you can do to protect your sight.
2. As people age, they may notice changes to their vision, such as needing glasses to see up close or needing more light to see well. However, vision loss is not a normal part of aging. Since many eye diseases have no early symptoms, you may have an eye problem and not know it. Find out by getting a dilated #EyeExam: https://nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyeexam
3. While vision loss is not a normal part of aging, older adults are at higher risk for some eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (#AMD), #cataract, #DiabeticEyeDisease, and #glaucoma. These diseases have no early warning signs, so it’s important to visit your eye doctor for a dilated #EyeExam. Learn more with this infographic: https://nei.nih.gov/catalog/aging-eye-health-infographic
4. It’s true! By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a #cataract or have had cataract surgery. To learn more, visit https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts
5. Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly or when the tears evaporate too quickly. It is more common among women and older adults, and can be treated with artificial tears, gels, gel inserts, and ointments. Talk with your eye doctor or visit https://nei.nih.gov/health/dryeye/dryeye to learn more.
Social Media for National Diabetes Month – Eye Care
1. If you have diabetes or know someone who does, learn as much as you can about diabetic eye disease and how to prevent vision loss. Visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes
2. If you have diabetes, have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. It’s the best thing you can do to save your sight. Learn more about dilated eye exams at http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyeexam
3. Diabetic eye disease is a group of complications associated with diabetes. These include cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma, each of which can lead to vision loss and blindness. Learn more about diabetic eye disease at http://www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes
4. Recently diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy? Learn more about it and available treatment options. Download the What You Should Know About Diabetic Retinopathy booklet at https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/Diabetic-Retinopathy-What-You-Should-Know-508.pdf
5. Stay on TRACK to help prevent vision loss from diabetic eye disease: Take your medications. Reach and maintain a healthy weight. Add physical activity to your daily routine. Control your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Kick the smoking habit. Learn more: http://www.nei.nih.gov/diabetes/content/english/track
Social Media for National Diabetes Month – Graphics
Infocards, infographics, and animations are a quick and easy way to share messages on your website or through social media. Visit the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) website for graphics to use during National Diabetes Month and all year long.
Educational Flyers for Patients with Diabetes
Telligen has created numerous flyers for providers to hand out as educational material to patients learning how to manage their diabetes.
- For individuals that use the Carbohydrate Choice method as a diabetes management technique.
- Tips on what those with prediabetes and diabetes should pay attention to when reading food labels.
- Diabetes tests and targets- A1c, Glucose, Blood Pressure, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Microalbumin.
- Achievable tips to help with losing 10% of current weight
Visit our Diabetes Self-Management Education resource page to find more handouts related to exercise, food choice and well-being.