Monday, November 11, 2013

How You Can High Five to Stop Diabetes

During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association is asking Coloradans to get involved simply by sharing high fives.

The high five is a universal positive sign of support. Let’s High Five Coloradans that are taking steps to improve their health, manage their diabetes or helping spread awareness for this disease that affects all of us. It’s easy to get involved! Visit www.diabetes.org/highfive to learn more about the campaign or share your favorite high five photos via social media using #HighFivetoStopDiabetes!

There’s a lot of work to be done in the fight to Stop Diabetes. But it isn’t difficult to engage in the conversation. The High Five to Stop Diabetes campaign emphasizes the importance of supporting those who are already living with the disease and encourages the wider community to understand how diabetes impacts all of us. Help make Denver the “Mile High Five City” for the month of November! Like the American Diabetes Association - Colorado on Facebook at www.facebook.com/adacolorado and receive updates on important facts, stories and information that you can share with your friends and family about diabetes.

How does diabetes impact you? Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

Diabetes is a serious disease. If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications or developing type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes affects everyone - our family, our friends, and our neighbors. Diabetes affects our community, but people haven’t opened up to talk about diabetes and share their story. Everyone has their own journey, but tapping into each others’ empowers us to raise our voices to Stop Diabetes™. Coloradans can share in our collective story of how diabetes impacts our community simply by giving high fives this November. High Five to Stop Diabetes!

Learn more and get involved at www.facebook.com/adacolorado or www.diabetes.org/highfive.

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