November Is American Diabetes Month

Just when you thought Diabetes was being left out of the disease awareness month trend comes American Diabetes Month. The American Diabetes Association has declared that November is American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is getting a full five week month to boot…not one of these cheesy four week months.

The American Diabetes Association is sponsoring this American Diabetes Month to shine the spotlight on what is said to be the fastest growing healthcare crisis of the 21st century. There are approximately 75 million Americans who are either at risk for type 2 diabetes or who currently have diabetes. But what can we expect out of the American Diabetes Month?

Many Faces of Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association’s American Diabetes Month is going to focus on what is called, “The Many Faces Of Diabetes”. This format will break each week in the month of November into different groups that are affected by diabetes. They will focus on showing you how these different groups are affected and what these groups can do in the fight against diabetes.

The weeks will be broken down as follows:

  • Week 1 – Caregivers: Focus on the unique challenges that face those who support a loved one with diabetes
  • Week 2 – Employees: Focus on how promoting a healthy lifestyle at work will cut down on the instances of type 2 diabetes and it’s complications which will in turn save employers thousands of dollars per year on employee related health costs
  • Week 3 – Diabetes Around The World: Focus is on awareness of the diabetes epidemic world wide. Over 246 million people in the world currently suffer from diabetes and that number is expected to increase to 380 million by the year 2020 if nothing is done. The American Diabetes Association will take part in World Diabetes Day which is set to take place on November 14th
  • Week 4 – At-Risk Populations: Focus on the startling statistic that one in two minorities born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime if the current trend continues
  • Week 5 – Youth And Type 1 Diabetes: This will focus on The Planet D campaign which is geared towards youths who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes since they are the ones who need the most urgent medical care. The Planet D campaign will provide resources and networking to those youths and their families.

I know what you are thinking…”ok, we have diabetes month to up awareness of this disease, but where is our wristband?”. Well have no fear, there is a Diabetes wristband available. The red diabetes awareness wristband is a great way to show your support in finding a cure for diabetes.

 
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