The American Diabetes Association sponsors the annual American Diabetes Month as part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to raising awareness of the disease.
According to the ADA, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes; another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Month website holds a wealth of information about the disease, including a risk test, a list of symptoms for all three types of diabetes, recipes and meal planners. Patients and caregivers can also contact the ADA hotline at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or click on the “chat with us” icon at diabetes.org weekdays from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Questions can also be e-mailed in English to askADA@diabetes.org or in Spanish to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, the ADA has also teamed up with CVS/pharmacy and for every photo/image uploaded to the ADA Facebook page that demonstrates the meaning of living with diabetes, CVS will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association, up to $25,000.
Diabetes Coverage on physiciansweekly.com
In recognition of American Diabetes Month, yesterday we delivered the first in a series of four specialty e-newsletters containing links to a month’s worth of feature articles on the disease, some of which were completed in cooperation with the experts at the American Diabetes Association. Upcoming articles include “Addressing Common Comorbidities in Diabetes,” “New Guidelines for Managing Hyperglycemia in Type 2 Diabetes,” “Driving and Diabetes” and “Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Diabetes Care Systems.”
You can also view, download, or print our new Diabetes Update eBook.
If you are already registered to receive the Physician’s Weekly e-newsletter, you will automatically receive all four diabetes specialty issues in addition to our regular weekly issue sent on Thursdays. If not, sign up here to receive upcoming issues. (All our newsletters are also available in our newsletter archives a week or two after publication.)
CDC Grants Available for Diabetes Type 2 Lifestyle Intervention
If you’re looking for ways to help fund your organization’s diabetes programs, the Centers for Disease Control’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition program recognizes organizations that have shown that they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change intervention program to prevent type 2 diabetes. The CDC awarded $6.75 million in grants to six organizations under Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF) 2012.