December 11, 2017: Metabolic Disease Awareness Day

WHEREAS, metabolic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and low HDL cholesterol affect more than 25% of Americans and are chronic conditions linked to obesity, age, an individual’s lifestyle, and insulin resistance; and,

WHEREAS, it is estimated that one third of Michigan adults are obese, 701,000 Michigan adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and another 364,400 have undiagnosed diabetes; and,

WHEREAS, cardiovascular disease is a term used to define problems with the heart and blood vessels such as heart attacks, heart failure and strokes; and,

WHEREAS, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death associated with metabolic diseases due to complications associated with diabetes, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and obesity; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, 28 percent of people with diabetes aged 18 and older reported having cardiovascular disease; and,

WHEREAS, people with metabolic disease are at least twice as likely to die from heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular disease, and at an earlier age; and,

WHEREAS, two out of three deaths in people with type 2 diabetes are attributed to cardiovascular disease in the U.S., accounting for 68 percent of deaths in people with type 2 diabetes; and,

WHEREAS, 80% of the annual deaths from cardiovascular disease are preventable; and,

WHEREAS, appropriate awareness and education about the cardiovascular risks associated with metabolic disease can effectively reduce the overall outcome and financial burden of the illness; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and other relevant partners seek to promote awareness, education and action related to metabolic disease and the link to cardiovascular disease;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 11, 2017 as Metabolic Disease Awareness Day in Michigan.