American Diabetes Month®
The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Raising awareness of this ever-growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the Association. American Diabetes Month® (ADM) is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation's attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!
Submit Your Photo of "A Day in The Life of Diabetes."
In 2012, the Association launched a socially focused initiative for American Diabetes Month called "A Day in the Life of Diabetes", to demonstrate the impact diabetes has on our families and communities across the country. In 2013, the American Diabetes Association will continue to grow the campaign with a host of online and offline program elements. The movement to Stop Diabetes® is not over and we will continue to call for individuals to take a public stand via the Association's social media channels and other online properties, to support us in this movement.
Diabetes doesn't stop. It is 24/7, 365 days a year. To showcase the extraordinary effort it takes to live a day with the disease, the American Diabetes Association will continue to ask people to submit a personal image to the Association's Facebook mosaic 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. The image will then make up a larger mosaic image that will embody the message of "A Day in the Life of Diabetes."
In addition, the Association will be working closely with NASCAR driver, Ryan Reed, to showcase the mosaic in the NASCAR Nationwide series. Ryan’s race car, the #16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop DiabetesSM presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang, will be wrapped with photos from the mosaic and will be featured in his November 9, 2013 race in Phoenix during American Diabetes Month.