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Diabetes Awareness Month has Kicked Off!

Every November, organizations and communities come together in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. With the number of people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, raising further awareness for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes has never been more important. National diabetes organizations are working together to urge our communities to take the necessary action in order to protect the health of our future generations.

Are You Affected by Diabetes?

Chances are that this disease has had an impact on your life at some point. There are so many families around the country who have been affected by diabetes, and that is why Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day are so important. Organizations like the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation work year around to promote further awareness for all forms of diabetes, but this month plays such an important part in advancing their efforts. Many of the programs that will be introduced this month are designed to help focus the public’s attention on the many issues that surround diabetes and the individuals who are affected by it.

Throughout the month, these groups will be encouraging businesses, organizations, schools and entire communities to hold their own diabetes awareness events in their neighborhoods or at their workplaces. Also, they will be providing plenty of educational resources on diabetes control and prevention, like the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test.

So what is World Diabetes Day?

Every year on November 14, the world can come together in observance of World Diabetes Day. This event helps to bring further diabetes awareness to millions of people around the globe. World Diabetes Day was first established in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. At the time, these organizations knew that something needed to be done in response to growing concerns over the increasing health threat that diabetes now poses.

In 2007, the United Nations officially recognized World Diabetes Day with the passage of United Nations Resolution 61/225. This world-wide campaign has helped to keep this disease firmly in the public spotlight by continuing to draw attention to issues that are of upmost importance in the diabetic community. This year, the International Diabetes Federation looks to address the growing need for improved diabetes prevention programs and education.

A Social Media Campaign for Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is also going to be launching a new interactive campaign in conjunction with one of the principal sponsors for this year’s Diabetes Awareness Month, CVS Pharmacies. The theme of this new program is “A Day in The Life of Diabetes”, and it is designed to demonstrate the growing impact that diabetes now has on so many families and communities around the United States.

This innovative campaign will utilize the expansive outreach capabilities of social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook in order to reach as many people as possible. As the American Diabetes Association has put it, this campaign is meant as a call to action for our communities to take a public stand in support of the Stop Diabetes movement.

Throughout this month, the ADA will be encouraging people to share any of their photographs on the ADA’s Twitter or Facebook accounts in order to show the public what “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” really means. These images send a powerful message about how this disease can impact the lives of so many people.

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