American Diabetes Awareness Month was created by the American Diabetes Association, whose mission is to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the millions of people who are impacted daily by the disease.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
What causes it? The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes.
Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.
Cost of Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.
Diabetes is a serious disease. If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.
But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.
Why Those Diagnosed With Diabetes Need to Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet
People living with diabetes often wear medical alert ID jewelry to notify emergency care professionals of their condition.
According to the American Diabetes Association:
“Many people with diabetes, particularly those who use insulin, should have a medical ID with them at all times. In the event of a severe hypoglycemic episode, a car accident, or other emergency, the medical ID can provide critical information about the person’s health status.”
While medical alert jewelry may help save your life in the case of an emergency, however the information is limited to the space on a bracelet.
When the bracelet is used in conjunction with an online personal health record, medical professionals will have access to your complete medical history at the touch of a button, making treatment much more effective and reducing the chances of errors due to unknown conditions or drug interactions.
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