In 2012, the Association launched a socially focused initiative for American Diabetes Month called "A Day in the Life of Diabetes," to demonstrate the impact diabetes has on our families and communities across the country. In 2013, the American Diabetes Association will continue to grow the campaign. For too many Americans, diabetes is thought of as minor hindrance rather than a life-changing disease. You know differently. You know the work, the worries, the struggles and triumphs. And we need you to help us show what a day in the life of diabetes is really like.
Diabetes doesn't stop. It is 24/7, 365 days a year. To showcase the extraordinary effort it takes to live a day with the disease, the American Diabetes Association will continue to ask people to submit a personal image to the Association's Facebook mosaic representing what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to them. The image can be a picture of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives. The image will then make up a larger mosaic image that will embody the message of "A Day in the Life of Diabetes."
In addition, the Association will be working closely with NASCAR driver, Ryan Reed, to showcase the mosaic in the NASCAR Nationwide series. Ryan’s race car, the #16 American Diabetes Association Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ presented by Lilly Diabetes Ford Mustang, will be wrapped with photos from the mosaic and will be featured in his November 9, 2013 race in Phoenix during American Diabetes Month.
Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:
- 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 Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.