November 2016
Health Observances 
 Diabetes Awareness Month
In 1991, in response to the rising global prevalence of diabetes, the  International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) created World Diabetes Day - the world's largest diabetes awareness campaign, reaching over a billion people in more than 160 countries. In 2006, the United Nations General Assembly officially adopted World Diabetes Day, with the passage of UN resolution 61/225 .

Today, according to the World Health Organization, diabetes is still on the rise, increasing from 108 million cases in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Middle-income and low income countries have the fastest increase in diabetes prevalence. 

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body's blood glucose levels are too high. Over time, diabetes can lead to other serious conditions, including heart disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, and stroke.  In the United States, as of 2014, roughly 30 million people - almost 1 in 11-have diabetes. 

One in four people do not know that they have diabetes or "pre-diabetes," which can both be detected with simple blood glucose screening and assessing your risk factors.

Resources for learning more about diabetes:
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