Yesterday, July, 17, 2012 was a landmark date for diabetes prevention and treatment in Illinois. Our Governor, Governor Pat Quinn, signed a new law to raise awareness and increase education about diabetes through out our state to improve health and wellness. The new law provides that every November 14th will be declared “Diabetes Awareness Day” throughout our state. The law goes into effect immediately.
November 14th also is World Diabetes Day. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the celebration in honor of Dr. Frederick Banting’s birthday. In 1922, Dr. Frederick Banting, a noble prize winner, and researcher Charles Best co-discovered insulin.
The state of Illinois statistics:
800,000 residents are living with the disease, double the number 20 years ago.
500,000 people are unaware they have the disease.
18.6 percent of the residents are 65 years of age or older.
Diabetes-related care is costs approximately $7.3 billion each year.
The United States statistics:
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people
8.3% of the U.S. population
18.8 million people have been diagnosed
7.0 million people have not been diagnosed
346 million people have diabetes
The overall risk of dying among people with diabetes is at least double the risk of their peers without diabetes.
Please, share this information and the links with people you know who have diabetes or who are at risk!
You also can find helpful information my Diabetes Connection on my website.
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