May 20, 2011: Eye on Diabetes Day

Date:  May 20, 2011  
Time: All Day Event

WHEREAS, with a 15-percent prevalence increase over the past five years, it is estimated that more than 700,000 Michigan citizens have been diagnosed with diabetes, contributing to the approximately 25 million children and adults diagnosed nationwide; and, 

WHEREAS, diabetes is a widespread disease of the body's metabolism in which the body poorly regulates the amount of glucose in the bloodstream, and there are three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2 and gestational; and,   

WHEREAS, diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, amputations and death; and, 

WHEREAS, additionally, people with diabetes are 40-percent more likely to develop glaucoma, 60-percent more likely to develop cataracts and diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among most adults; and, 

WHEREAS, Eye on Diabetes Day is part of a national campaign to educate and provide citizens access to quality eye care and diabetes prevention education; Eye on Diabetes Day strives to raise awareness for citizens and eye care professionals to ensure they obtain the unique understanding of patients with diabetes and the vital role of regular and thorough eye care; and, 

WHEREAS, on this day, we remind all citizens of the health consequences of diabetes, including potential blindness, and we encourage the people of Michigan to keep an "eye on diabetes" by obtaining regular, comprehensive eye exams; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Friday, May 20, 2011 as Eye on Diabetes Day in Michigan.