A Day in the Life of Diabetes

During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association will launch a socially-focused initiative, “A Day in the Life of Diabetes”, to demonstrate the increasing impact diabetes has on our families and communities nationwide.

The American Diabetes Association will be hosting a free Living With Type 2 Diabetes workshop focused on healthy cooking on Saturday, November 10 at Whole Foods - Colorado Springs. Register at www.diabetes.org/t2workshopco.

Starting on Nov. 1, 2012, Denver residents will be asked to become part of the movement to Stop Diabetes® by sharing a personal image on the Association’s main Facebook page representing what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” means to them. The image can be a picture of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives. Successfully managing diabetes can be a herculean task, making what might seem like an otherwise ordinary life rather extraordinary. Using imagery, the power of social engagement and a larger-than-life stage, light will be shown on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each and every day, highlighting the Association and corporations focused on stopping this insidious disease. Share your photo at facebook.com/adacolorado.

Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes®. To encourage individuals to share photos of A Day in the Life of Diabetes on Facebook, CVS/pharmacy will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association for every photo/image uploaded, up to $25,000.

“Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 316,000 in Colorado,” stated Dr. Michael McDermott, President of the American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board – Colorado. “We know this disease impacts everyone in different ways. Social media is a great way for the community to express themselves and demonstrate to others what daily life with diabetes means to them. Whether you are living with the disease, a caregiver or just a friend of a person with diabetes, the amount of people diabetes touches on a daily basis is vast.”

American Diabetes Month Facts and Figures
Prevalence
• Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States, with another 79 million Americans at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
• If present trends continue, as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
• 316,000 people have diabetes in Colorado.

Toll on Health
• Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Costs
• The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion annually. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion each year.
• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes occupies $1 out of every $5 in total health care costs

About American Diabetes Month
November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

American Diabetes Month is sponsored by CVS/pharmacy’s ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes® savings program exclusively for those living with diabetes and their caregivers. Visit CVS.com/diabetes to learn more.

About the Stop Diabetes® Movement
Stop Diabetes is the American Diabetes Association’s movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to “share, act, learn and give.” Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

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