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November Is American Diabetes Month

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November is American Diabetes Month, a time to rally individuals, communities, and families to Join the Millions in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.

With nearly 26 million children and adults in American living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional, and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed:

  • Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes
  • Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes

Become Involved in American Diabetes Month® 2011

Beginning November 1, the public can take action by taking the American Diabetes Month pledge on Facebook, by visiting www.stopdiabetes.com, or by calling 1-800-DIABETES.

Help educate your patients, friends and family by enhancing their awareness about diabetes and by participating in events near you. Visit www.diabetes.org for educational materials and additional American Diabetes Month program information.

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