Friday, November 1, 2013

Diabetes Awarness Month

D is for Diabetes Awareness Month
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, did you know that?

This is the month the American Diabetes Association uses to raise awareness of diabetes, and diabetes prevention. Diabetes is a challenging chronic disease which affects the entire family in many ways.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
  • Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

JDRF is kicking off National Diabetes Awareness Month by turning the Empire State Building blue! On the evening of November 1—T1Day—New York’s iconic landmark will blaze blue to promote diabetes awareness and show support for the 366 million people worldwide living with both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes.

If you live in New York City, go out and take a look at the Empire State Building for me tonight, would you please?

A few resources you might want to check out:
American Diabetes Association
National Diabetes Education Program
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
International Diabetes Federation

Three years ago, I posted about diabetes each day through November. I'll be trying to do that again this year...or at least most days throughout the month.

I hope you'll join us throughout the month, as we continue talking about diabetes and diabetes awareness. I also hope you'll continue joining us for this round of Blogging Through the Alphabet.

Blogging Through the Alphabet
Be sure to join the others who are Blogging Through the Alphabet.

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