November 2013: Diabetes Awareness Month

WHEREAS, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, the American Diabetes Association estimates that nearly 26 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes: and

WHEREAS, in Michigan approximately 758,300 adults, or 10% of Michigan’s adult population, have diagnosed diabetes and one in three Michigan adults, about 2.6 million, have prediabetes.

WHEREAS, Two out of three adults in Michigan are overweight or obese, and thus are at risk for developing diabetes; and

WHEREAS, medical costs of diabetes in the state of Michigan were at least $8 billion in 2012; and

WHEREAS, research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by losing 7% of body weight and exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, five days a week; and

WHEREAS, uncontrolled diabetes puts people at risk for serious complications including cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney disease and dialysis, and nerve damage and amputation; and

WHEREAS, learning how to self-manage this condition through diabetes self-management education is a cornerstone of treatment; and

WHEREAS, best practice guidelines to prevent the further onset of clinical diabetes and to treat diabetes, include but are not limited to, insulin, oral medication, diet, physical activity and daily self-management routines.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2013 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.