Realizations and progress aside, November is National Diabetes month. As we all get read to sit down with friends and family on Thanksgiving day I would like to ask you to think about donating to the American Diabetes Association so they may continue to fund research and find solutions. I am committed to do my part to donate and to raise money for this important cause and I am asking you to please consider making a tax deductible donation today. If you have already donated please share my donation page with people you know and ask them to make a donation today http://main.diabetes.org/goto/avanwierenATL . The American Diabetes association is a nationally recognized organization responsible for Diabetes funded research and programs aimed at addressing diabetes awareness and education.
Some facts from The American Diabetes Association:
About Diabetes Prevalence
• Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
• Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
The Toll on Health
• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
• The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
o Direct medical costs reach $116 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with
diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
o Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
o Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218
• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs