Diabetes Awareness Month

Mayor Frank G. Jackson designated November as Diabetes Awareness Month in the City of Cleveland. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month in Cleveland, Mayor Jackson presented a proclamation to Julie Horan, whose efforts and support has helped to raise over $65,000 for JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which will go towards research to find a cure for this life-threatening disease.

Approximately one quarter of the Americans who have diabetes do not know they have the disease and may experience damage to the heart, eyes, kidneys, and limbs without producing any symptoms. Another 86 million, or 1 in 3 American adults, has pre-diabetes, a condition which puts them at greater risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, and if current trends continue, 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is no prevention for T1D, and – at present – no cure. T1D strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Approximately, 1.25 million Americans are living with T1D including about 200,000 youth and over a million adults.

Diabetes has many faces, affecting everyone, young and old alike - Caucasians, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, with minority populations in the United States having an increased risk for developing the disease. An increase in community awareness of risk factors and symptoms related to diabetes can improve the likelihood that people with diabetes will get the attention they need before suffering the devastating complications of the disease. 

Each year, JDRF Walk brings together more than 900,000 people to change the future for people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) by raising money for research. Many people who walk have T1D themselves, and many more are friends, family or coworkers of someone challenged by this disease. 

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