Did you know that nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes? This is approximately one new diabetes diagnosis every 30 seconds, with 41 of those cases per day being children! These alarming statistics are a wake-up call for our country to all do our part to create a life free of diabetes and the burdens that accompany this disease. This year’s theme is Protect Our Future. This theme highlights the startling fact from the CDC that if we continue on our current path, 1 in 3 US adults will have diabetes by 2050. The good part is that preventing Type 2 Diabetes is actually quite simple; eat a lower calorie diet and increase physical activity! Type 1 Diabetes, on the other hand, is tied to a combination of genetic and environmental causes, so parental risk factors and screenings are key to early diagnosis and treatment.
The goal of November’s National Diabetes Month is to raise awareness toward this national issue and how we can halt this chronic disease. There are events around the country this whole month, but specifically on World Diabetes Day, which falls on November 14th. You can find local community resources near you to get screened or to help fundraise and volunteer in fun ways like a walk, dance, or bike race here.
If you would like to donate to the American Diabetes Association to help in this national fight you can do so here on their official organization page.