I’m so excited as American Diabetes Month gets underway! This will be my first time celebrating this important month as the Chief Executive Officer of the American Diabetes Association®. We all know that there are many very special months to honor various worthy causes, but this one is especially important. Did you know that nearly 30 million children and adults in the US are living with this disease every day? You hardly meet an American family that is unaffected! It has certainly touched mine.
For me, during this month, I will be thinking about those in my life that this disease has personally touched.
You may have heard me mention my beloved grandmother, Elma, who had type 2 diabetes. I remember watching her labor over checking what she called her “sugar levels.” I saw her deal with poor circulation and other medical complications. And every day that I do the work I do, I think of her, wishing that she had known about the tools we offer that could have given her a better quality of life.
I also think about my mother, father and brother-in-law who are also living with diabetes and all the challenges they face in their daily lives to live the best life possible. It is not easy to wake up every morning and have to think about your need for insulin.
For all of us, this month is about the people we know who deal with this disease every day.
And, it’s about all of us joining together to pour all the passion we have into doing what we need to do to find a cure.
The theme for this year’s American Diabetes Month is “Eat Well, Americasm!” Throughout November, the American Diabetes Association will show the nation how eating healthfully can be simple and fun—from planning and prepping to cooking and plating a delicious and nutritious meal.
Each week, we will introduce fun and easy recipes around specific meal times including breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner and special occasions. This rich and vibrant content lives on Diabetes Forecast. I hope you can check out this site where you can build your plate and find out how simple eating well really can be. I did it and hope you will too!
American Diabetes Month is about more than eating right. It’s also about helping our fellow Americans to understand the seriousness of this disease.
We need your help to draw attention to the fact that 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we reverse current trends.
In honor of our friends, family and loved ones who live with this disease every day, please help spread the word about American Diabetes Month so that we have to attract more attention, increase individual giving, garner more support, involve more participants, engage more volunteers and inspire healthy living and ultimately, finally Stop Diabetes®.