Now is the time to help raise awareness about diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. That’s 1 in 11 Americans. Another 86 million are at risk.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death and causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined. Even though diabetes touches so many lives, many do not know the risk factors or the steps to take to manage it.
Join the campaign by:
- Increasing awareness, supporting friends and family members, and by being an advocate.
- Sharing your story of diabetes. Share your triumphs and your challenges. Simply telling your story could make a big impact on someone else.
- Support friends and family members living with diabetes. Managing diabetes is about progress, not perfection. Being supportive of the healthy changes they make (big or small) shows you care.
- Be an advocate for diabetes to get the attention that it deserves. Knowledge is power.
To find local information, look for health fairs within your community. They are a good place to get basic education, health screenings and other resources.