November 2016: Diabetes Awareness Month

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

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 29 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes and 86 million adults have prediabetes; and,

WHEREAS, diabetes affects 29.1 million people, about 9.3% of the population in the United States. It is a serious disease for which there is no known cure; and,

WHEREAS, approximately one quarter of the Americans who have diabetes do not know they have the disease. As a result, they may experience damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys, and limbs without producing any symptoms; and,

WHEREAS, another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition which puts them at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050; 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 treat diabetes include but are not limited to insulin, oral medication, proper nutrition and meal planning, physical activity and daily self-management routines;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.