November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November has been designated for diabetes awareness since 1975, according to the American Diabetes Association or ADA. For more than 40 years, November has served as a time where healthcare organizations, people with diabetes, healthcare providers, caregivers, family and friends of loved ones living with the disease and other advocates rally together to shine a much-needed spotlight on diabetes.

The reason is because it is the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century, and it continues to grow to epidemic proportions. Nearly 37.3 million people in the United States have diabetes or one in eleven people, with close to 20,000 people who live in Calhoun County. The total cost of care for diabetes is $327 billion, that is “B” as in billions!

Wear Blue on Monday, November 14th, 2022 for World Diabetes Day (WDD)! WDD was established by the Belgium-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 1991 to call attention to the worldwide epidemic. The blue circle was chosen as the symbol for WDD as in blue skies and the circle personifies unity.

The date of Nov. 14 was chosen to honor Dr. Frederick Banting, who along with his main partner, Dr. Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921. November 14th is Dr. Banting’s birthday. In 1922, the first-ever insulin injection was given to a human being. Insulin is a treatment and has helped save millions of people’s lives over the last 100 years, but work is still needed to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

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