November 2018: Diabetes Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate more than 30.3 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes and an estimated 84.1 million adults have prediabetes; and,

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

WHEREAS, approximately 12.4 percent of Michigan’s adult population has diagnosed diabetes and over 2.7 million have prediabetes; and,

WHEREAS, research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by staying at a healthy weight, eating well and being active; 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, diet, physical activity and daily self-management routines.

WHEREAS, the Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, along with their partner organizations, have come together to increase awareness and focus efforts to prevent and/or decrease the adverse effects of diabetes in the state of Michigan;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2018 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.