November is National Diabetes Month, and November 14th is World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) lists 119 events in 59 countries to observe this day, ranging from diabetes walks/runs, health fairs, free screenings to even a basketball game; and yet, there is only one event in the US and three total in North America.
This is troubling when you consider that there are 29 million Americans with diabetes – almost 10% of the population.* For our senior population the numbers are even more troubling where 1 in 4 older adults have diabetes.* The number of adults with diabetes worldwide is projected to increase by 54% within the next 25 years (from 415 million to 640 million).^
Another troubling trend is the number of people who are pre-diabetic. It is estimated that there are over 86 million Americans who are pre-diabetic or 37% of the population.** Needless to say there is much work we need to do here at home to raise awareness about diabetes, and how it can be treated effectively, and how it can be prevented.
For this reason, I really like the theme for this year’s World Diabetes Day – Eyes on Diabetes. It’s focused on the need for screenings to identify early diagnosis and treatment options for type 2 diabetes. This pertains also to our current patients who are not adhering to their diabetes testing regimen. Regular monitoring is still the best way to manage diabetes and avoid more profound health problems.
That is why I am asking you to show your support for raising awareness and focusing all Eyes on Diabetes. Take advantage of social media outlets to educate your family and friends on this imminent threat to our public health.
Furthermore, I am appealing to you to gain a better understanding of diabetes and how it may be affecting you.
- Take the Diabetes Risk Test so that you can get a better idea of your own personal health, and what you can proactively do to prevent or properly treat a diabetes complication.
- Educate yourself as much as you can on type 2 diabetes. While you may not be at risk, there is a very good chance that someone you love may be, or already has diabetes but is undiagnosed. Here are some great resources to learn about diabetes:
To access valuable nutrition tools, exercise information, and other living healthy resources, please visit us at ccsmed.com/living-healthy.
*American Diabetes Association (ADA) http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/
^International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) http://www.idf.org/wdd-index/wdd2016.html
**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/prediabetes-infographic.pdf