(WBRC) - November 14th is National Diabetes Day.
On December 20, 2006, the United Nations passed a resolution to designate this day. This is aimed to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention and complications. They also hope to raise awareness to the care people with the disease need.
The International Diabetes Federation says, 415 million people globally have diabetes and if nothing is done, it is estimated the number will rise to 642 million in 2040.
The American Diabetes Association says in 2015, 30.3 million American had diabetes and 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed each year. They also say diabetes remained the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
In 2011 to 2012, the annual incidence of diagnosed diabetes in youth was estimated at 17,900 with type 1 diabetes, 5,300 with type 2 diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, here in Alabama, 703,105 people live with this disease and nearly 2.9 million people are pre-diabetic with the risk of developing the disease.
Diabetes is a very expensive disease with the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the Unites States in 2012 reaching $245 billion. Of that, $176 billion was for direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.
If you want to help raise awareness, whether on a local or national level, you can volunteer to work with the American Diabetes Association. For more information, click here.