November is American Diabetes Month

by EMP Editor on November 3, 2009

For years the American Diabetes Association has used the month of November to raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and diabetes prevention and control. This November the American Diabetes Association will carry on this tradition but in addition they’re launching the national movement to “Stop Diabetes.”

Stop Diabetes is a movement that will encourage people across America to take action against this disease. You can support this movement by sharing your personal story about how diabetes has affected your life with others. Spread the word about the Stop Diabetes movement with your friends, family and coworkers.

Here are a few statistics about life and death with diabetes:

  • Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States are living with type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Being 30lbs above your healthy body weight increases your risk of diabetes by four thousand percent
  • 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes
  • One out of three children born today will suffer from diabetes if current trends continue
  • Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%
  • Two out of three of those deaths are from heart disease or stroke
  • Source: diabetes.org, webmd.com

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