Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Statistics like those are what inspire this year’s American Diabetes Month campaign by the American Diabetes Association (ADA): a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens.
KHS supports the ADA’s vision and promotes raising awareness of this ever-growing disease. American Diabetes Month’s programs are designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease. The ADA has launched a socially-focused initiative for American Diabetes Month to demonstrate the increasing impact diabetes has on our families and communities nationwide.
The 2012 campaign encompasses a host of online and offline program elements, including a call to action for individuals to take a public stand, via the ADA’s social media channels, to support the movement to Stop Diabetes. The ADA hopes to shine a new light on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each and every day, highlighting the Association and corporations focused on stopping this insidious disease.
During American Diabetes Month 2012, the ADA encourages Americans to share “A Day in the Life of Diabetes” by uploading a personal image on their Facebook page to show what the daily life of diabetes means to them or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives.
Prevalence and Effects
• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
• The ADA estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
• Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.
Learn how you can share your personal image and story during American Diabetes Month by visiting the ADA at facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation, stopdiabetes.com or by calling 1-800-DIABETES. (Above information from the ADA.)
At KHS, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional regarding caring for your diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. We are doing our part by providing numerous preventative products crucial to ongoing foot care for the diabetic patient, including skin therapy creams, comfortable socks designed especially for diabetic feet and custom comfort footwear.
In addition to the specialized footwear by Dr. Comfort (extra width and depth shoes with heat-molded or custom inserts), we offer socks with superior breathablilty, non-binding, and seamless contours; anti-microbial odor control; and ball and heel padding to protect feet. KHS will work together with you to be part of the solution!