November is American Diabetes Month!
American Diabetes Month (ADM) is an important element in helping the American Diabetes Association reach its vision of a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. ADM includes 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 a few facts about diabetes:
-- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have
-- South Asians living in the U.S. have a higher prevalence of
Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes than that of the general
-- Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults
will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
--Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
-- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
-- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
-- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national
cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
SAPHA developed this fact sheet discussing diabetes and its effects on the South Asian community. For more information on National Diabetes Month or other diabetes research, visit the American Diabetes Association.