Take Part in Diabetes Awareness Month in November

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly every family in America in some way. Whether a relative, friend, coworker or child has diabetes it can pose serious side effects and health risks. Approximately 26 million adults and children have diabetes in the U.S., but it is estimated that another 79 million more people have pre-diabetes, which means they have a very high risk of getting it. At this rate, by 2050 as many as one in three adults will have diabetes.

The Stop Diabetes Awareness Movement was implemented in 2009 with a mission of gathering support to end this disease. Some of the contributing factors are obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise and excessive drinking. Although these are not causes, they can make someone with a hereditary predisposition to diabetes more likely to develop the symptoms.

There are two types of Diabetes; Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is thought to be more severe because it requires the person to take insulin shots in order to process the carbohydrates in food. Diabetes is the failure of the pancreas to produce insulin. With Type 2 diabetes the disease can be controlled with diet and medication. Not treated properly, diabetes can be deadly!

Here are some eye-opening statistics given by the American Diabetes Association:

  • 60 – 70% of diabetes sufferers acquire nerve damage. Some mild, some severe cases result in pain of hands, feet, poor digestion, sexual dysfunction and other circulation problems.
  • The national health costs associated with diabetes are close to $245 billion.
  • Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every 17 seconds
  • The rate of amputation for diabetics is 10xs higher than in people without it
  • 2 out of 3 diabetes sufferers die from heart disease or a fatal stroke
  • Diabetes is the primary cause of adult blindness or kidney failure
  • Diabetes kills more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined

It’s time to boot this awful disease to the curb! Join the fight against Diabetes. If we don’t do something, diabetes will escalate by 2050 to approximately 1 in every 3 people having it. Visit the American Diabetes Association to take part in the Stop Diabetes Movement.