November, 2014: Diabetes Awareness Month

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

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 29 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes and 86 million adults have prediabetes; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 10.5% of Michigan’s adult population has diagnosed diabetes and one in three Michigan adults, about 2.6 million, have prediabetes; and,

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

WHEREAS, medical costs of diabetes in the state of Michigan were over $9 billion in 2011; and,

WHEREAS, research shows that people at high risk for diabetes can lower their risk for type 2 diabetes by 58% by losing 7% of 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, insulin, oral medication, diet, physical activity and daily self-management routines;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 2014 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan.