November 2017: Diabetes Awareness Month

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate more than 29.1 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes and an estimated 86 million adults have prediabetes; and,

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

WHEREAS, approximately 10.7 percent of Michigan’s adult population has diagnosed diabetes and over 2.6 million have prediabetes; and,

WHEREAS, two out of three adults in Michigan are overweight or obese and therefore are at risk for developing diabetes; and,

WHEREAS, research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58 percent by losing 7 percent of their body weight and exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day, five days a week; 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 daily self-management routines, diet, physical activity, insulin, and oral medication; and,

WHEREAS, the Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the American Diabetes Association, along with many other 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 2017 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.