November is American Diabetes Month; …Rep. Alonzo Urges Everyone to Heed Medical Advise, Follow a Healthy Diet & Seek Medical Help if Necessary
AUSTIN, TX – Just when you thought diabetes was being left out of the disease awareness month trend comes American Diabetes Month which is during the entire month of November. Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo joins the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other health advocacy organizations and agencies at all levels of government in urging everyone to take part in the various public awareness and educational information events about this deadly disease taking place all over the state and country, and not only during the month of November but every day of the year. The disease impacts just about every family in one way or another.
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 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
•Another 79 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 $174 billion.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes!
«Diabetes is very much a disease like so many others that are out there, and we need to take it seriously. Unfortunately, too many people do not even know they have it. It is important that we get tested for this disease, especially if it runs in our families. It is important that we all do our part to help find a cure for this disease and get educated about it, and not only during National Diabetes Month, but every month and every day of the year, » said Rep. Alonzo.
«Although the celebration and cause should be every day, it is also a time of remembrance and rekindling of any emotion that may have been scattered throughout the year want to tell how we are doing more, to Stop the horrible disease of Diabetes. It is impacting too many families. We must invest more money and research into helping find a cure as well as to find ways to help treat, prevent and manage the disease,» continued Rep. Alonzo.
According to the ADA, the two common forms of diabetes are known as type 1 and type 2. Type
1 diabetes occurs when an individual’s immune system destroys insulin-producing cells. The outlook for those with type 1 diabetes through the last few decades has dramatically improved due to a host of innovations. Additionally, Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of diabetes, and usually affects individuals age 40 and older, and those who are overweight, inactive, or have a family history of the disease. Sadly, every day, 10 children in this country are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes—a staggering statistic that reflects the growing epidemic of obesity in our country.
It is important that we stress preventative care. Preventive care is the simplest way to avoid diabetes and its complications. A healthy diet, combined with daily exercise, has been shown to dramatically reduce incidence of this disease. According to data, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as the elderly, are at greater risk of developing diabetes over their lifetimes. As a Nation, as President Obama stresses, we must ensure that all Americans know the warning signs of this disease, and if diagnosed, have access to affordable, quality medical care to help control it. While diabetes is a complex and challenging disease, dedicated researchers continue to make important discoveries. This month, we honor those who have made these successes possible, support those who are battling diabetes, and rededicate ourselves to sustaining Federal investments in research and education programs that improve the prevention and treatment of this disease.