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Our View: November is Diabetes Month

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It is not by coincidence that this issue of the Gadsden County Times has several articles on diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recently kicked off American Diabetes Month® today by asking the public – What will you do to Stop Diabetes®?  The future is in your hands.  To help the Association raise awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and control, Bret Michaels, musician and winner of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” is  representing the “Face of Diabetes” and is involved in various activities including being featured in a public service announcement campaign that he helped produce.
Plus, it is worth noting that according to the Florida Department of Health, diabetes affects about 10.5 percent of adults in Gadsden County.
For years, the American Diabetes Association has used American Diabetes Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about diabetes and its serious complications.   In 2009, the Association launched a national movement to Stop Diabetes – with the audacious goal of gathering the support of millions of Americans to help confront, fight and most importantly, stop diabetes.  So far, more than 835,000 people have joined the movement to Stop Diabetes (as of November 2010). The Association’s goal is to gather 1 million supporters by the end of December.
 The future of diabetes is in your hands.  Take action now by visiting stopdiabetes.com or calling 1-800-DIABETES.
o Text JOIN to 69866 to join the movement to Stop Diabetes.  Standard data and message rates apply.
o Become one of the millions in the movement.  
o Become an Advocate for the cause and receive alerts and critical information to help Stop Diabetes through our advocacy efforts.  
o Attend a local community activity to learn more about diabetes and how you can stop it. 
o Take control of your health. Request your free copy of “Top Five Ways to Stop Diabetes and Get Healthy Right Now!” or “What Can I Eat?” booklet by calling 1-800-DIABETES.  
o Download your own Check Up Checklist at stopdiabetes.com and bring it to your next health care provider’s visit.
• Learn – Become a part of the movement by learning more about diabetes.
o Learn how to survive the holidays with the “Celebration Survival Guide” available at stopdiabetes.com or 1-800-DIABETES.
Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.  Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 230,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $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 United States could exceed $218 billion.
For more information about how you can join the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes during American Diabetes Month, visit stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2