In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association® reminds us that there’s a hero inside everyone affected by diabetes.
Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. Everyone affected by diabetes—whether that means people living with diabetes, caregivers or those who are at risk of developing diabetes— is asked to put on their capes and share how they’re taking a stand. Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications.
“People living with diabetes face enormous challenges each day to manage their diabetes and they must do so while living their normal lives. We recognize the incredible strength they show, and stand with them to help stop the diabetes epidemic,” said the Association’s Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD.
Throughout November, the Association encourages everyone to visit diabetes.org/thisisdiabetes and take a stand in one of three ways: donating to support research, education and prevention; becoming an advocate to support efforts to find a cure, improve access to health care and protect the rights of people with diabetes; or sharing your message to “Diabetes,” in a letter or video using #DearDiabetes.
Unaddressed, diabetes takes a heavy toll medically, financially and individually. People with diabetes are at an increased risk for other serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, amputation and blindness. The economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes is $322 billion each year, and people with diabetes have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes. Yet the true cost of diabetes is in the millions of lives it touches. This campaign is designed to highlight the many faces of the diabetes epidemic and encourage everyone to take a stand.
“One in 11 Americans has diabetes, a chronic disease that can often lead to serious complications and requires constant self-management,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy, LaShawn McIver, MD, MPH. “This November, we are asking people to start paying attention—to step up, suit up and join us in improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes.”
To take a stand against Diabetes, contact Iowa Specialty Hospital's certified diabetes educator or one of our dietitians to learn more and live a healthy, heroic life.