Raise Your Hands to Stop Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. With nearly 26 million children and adults in America living with diabetes, and another 79 million at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the disease is taking a devastating physical, emotional and financial toll on our country. Yet, most Americans don’t consider diabetes a serious matter. They feel it is someone else’s responsibility; someone else’s problem.

Recent numbers by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention paint a desperate situation of where we are at, and where we are headed:
• Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
• Diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

Now is the time to act.

Become Involved in American Diabetes Month® 2011

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to rally individuals, communities and families to Join the MillionsSM in the movement to Stop Diabetes®. This year, the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals to take a pledge and raise their hand to Stop Diabetes.

Here are other ways you can become involved:

1. Attend Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on November 5, 2011 at JC Bermudez Park and walk with your community to raise awareness. Registration: 8am/walk begins: 9am www.diabetes. org/stepoutmiami
2. Attend Feria De Salud Por Tu Familia on November 13, 2011 from 10am – 3pm at Magic City Casino. Free health screenings and diabetes education for the whole family! www.diabetes.org/miamiferia
3. Visit www.diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES

By managing the ABCs of diabetes, people with diabetes can reduce their risk of complications. Know your ABC’s

A stands for A1C (a measure of average blood glucose) B stands for Blood pressure C stands for Cholesterol

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