The American Diabetes Association Encourages People to Focus on Healthy Living for World Diabetes Day

Alexandria, Virginia
November 14, 2015

During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association joins the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness of diabetes on Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day. Nov. 14 is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin.

The World Diabetes Day 2015 campaign focuses year round on the importance of healthy eating to prevent type 2 diabetes, and manage all types of diabetes to avoid complications.

"Diabetes is a serious epidemic facing not only our nation, but the world," said David Marrero, PhD, President, Health Care and Education, American Diabetes Association."We can make progress in the fight to Stop Diabetes® by helping people with healthy ideas they can put into action, including resources to help people make the right choice when it comes to what they eat."

Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million have prediabetes, placing them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The latest estimate from the IDF Diabetes Atlas is 387 million people are living with diabetes worldwide.

The Association has themed this November Eat Well, America!℠ to help make healthful eating a foundational, accessible habit in America. Preparing a healthful meal can help fight expanding waistlines, low energy and the rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illness.

Five chefs and cookbook authors—Ronaldo Linares, Ingrid Hoffman, Aviva Goldfarb, Barbara Seelig-Brown and Jackie Newgent—have worked with the Association to create healthy recipes people can use whether they are looking to prevent, delay or manage diabetes, or to simply maintain a healthy lifestyle. Recipes and more about what the Association is providing during American Diabetes Month can be found at www.diabetesforecast.org/adm.

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)