This American Diabetes Month®, Raise Your Hand to Stop Diabetes®

Alexandria ,
October 3, 2011

WHAT:  During American Diabetes Month this November, the American Diabetes Association will be communicating the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control by paying tribute those who have raised their hand and work to Stop Diabetes® every day.  People, places and programs that are working hard to change the future of diabetes will be highlighted.  At the same time, Americans will be rallied to join these champions in the Stop Diabetes movement by pledging to take actions against diabetes at facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation.

WHO:  The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

WHEN:  November 1, 2011

WHY:  With nearly 26 million children and adults afflicted with the disease in the U.S. and an additional 79 million at risk for type 2 diabetes, diabetes has reached epidemic proportions.  Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

HOW:  Let your viewers/listeners/readers know about the seriousness of diabetes during American Diabetes Month and to raise their hand to Stop Diabetes by taking the pledge on facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation.  Interviews with an American Diabetes Association spokesperson are available upon request.

For more information on American Diabetes Month and how someone can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes, visit stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES. 

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 diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)