It seems as though everyone knows someone with diabetes, whether it’s a mother, a grandfather, a friend or a coworker. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association® (ADA), 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States as of 2015. As a disease with one of the longest recorded histories, it would stand to reason almost everyone would have a thorough understanding of it. However, with each new medical advancement and research study, emerging information about diabetes changes how we treat it. To support this trend of research and refinement of diabetes treatments, people across the country are participating in American Diabetes Month®.
What is American Diabetes Month®?
As with many serious ailments and diseases, one month out of the year is dedicated to the awareness and promotion of diabetes research, culminating in World Diabetes Day on November 14th. The day was chosen in honor of Dr. Frederick Banting’s birthday, as he discovered insulin in 1921. The month of diabetes-centric attention was first established in 1975, but it failed to gain momentum until the ‘80s when politicians began recognizing November as “diabetes month.” The ADA officially named November “American Diabetes Month” in 1997.
Though spreading diabetes awareness and raising money for research is a year-round job, American Diabetes Month is the time of year when diabetes is center-stage for charities, research funds and organizations across the country, many of which plan and take part in major fundraising and awareness-building events. Whether you’re acting solo or with a group, there’s no shortage of fundraising opportunities to help you make a difference in the battle against diabetes.
How Can I Help Fight Diabetes?
Although many of this year’s major diabetes events have come and gone, there still remain a few local fundraisers and awareness events where you can show your support for finding the cure.
- Join the Team – The American Diabetes Association offers multiple options for those hoping to make the most of American Diabetes Month. Join Team Diabetes to participate in any athletic event and raise funds to support the American Diabetes Association.
- Start Your Own Tradition – If you’re hosting a bake sale, taking on a weight loss challenge or starting an art walk in your town to raise money for diabetes research, the American Diabetes Association offers a peer-to-peer fundraising system online to help you easily collect donations from your supporters.
- Volunteer – If you’re ready to donate your time and effort to help fight diabetes during established events, organizations like JDRF and the American Diabetes Association would love your help.
Learn How to Manage Diabetes at St. Hope Foundation
You are not your diabetes. If you feel like diabetes is dominating your life, it’s time to take back control. Houston residents suffering from diabetes can trust the medical professionals at St. Hope Foundation to provide the counseling and treatments they need.
With the right support from our knowledgeable and compassionate team, you can start on the road to managing your diabetes effectively and living a more active lifestyle. Worried you may be at risk for diabetes in the future? Our experienced physicians can help assess your risks and make necessary lifestyle changes to reduce your chance of developing diabetes in the future. If you’re ready to learn how to better manage your existing diabetes or want to take preventative care steps, contact St. Hope Foundation online or call (713) 778-1300 to schedule your appointment today!