American Diabetes Association Recognizes World Diabetes Day

November 13, 2009

 The American Diabetes Association will join International Diabetes Federation and their worldwide global diabetes efforts on World Diabetes Day, November 14, to raise awareness of the growing diabetes epidemic.  This year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is Diabetes Education and Prevention.

“It is critical that the general public understand the devastating physical, emotional and financial toll diabetes wreaks every hour, every day, every year on tens of millions of American children, adults and their families,” said R. Paul Robertson, MD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “Education outreach on prevention of type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications is key to help stop diabetes in its tracks.”

In the United States, the American Diabetes Association is the leading non-profit organization in the fight to stop diabetes through diabetes education and prevention in areas such as: 

• Diabetes Research – In 2008, the Association provided more than $42.5 million for basic and clinical research, including many projects that focus on prevention of type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications. 

• Advocacy – The Association works with federal and state policymakers to secure funding for diabetes research, prevention and treatment programs, improve the availability of accessible, adequate and affordable healthcare; and eliminate discrimination against people with diabetes at school, work, and elsewhere in their lives.

• Professional Outreach and Education – Scientists and health care professionals around the world rely on the American Diabetes Association for information on cutting-edge research and clinical practice recommendations.  Resources include the world’s largest annual diabetes conference – Scientific Sessions, professional journals, and education opportunities. 

• Consumer Outreach – Americans have come to rely on the Association for critical information on nutrition, exercise, healthy lifestyle choices, diabetes management and prevention through its website, National Call Center (800-DIABETES), consumer publications and at community outreach events across the country.

Stop DiabetesSM during American Diabetes Month®
Another way the American Diabetes Association is working towards Diabetes Prevention and Education is with the new movement it launched during American Diabetes Month: Stop DiabetesSM.  Stop Diabetes is the movement to end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals and families across the United States. It will inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around the call to “share, act, learn and give.” Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living, and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)