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A day in the life of diabetes

Local residents reflect on what diabetes means to them

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During American Diabetes Month this November, the American Diabetes Association will launch a socially-focused initiative, "A Day in the Life of Diabetes," to demonstrate the increasing impact diabetes has on families and communities nationwide.

San Diego residents will be asked to become part of the movement to stop diabetes by sharing a personal image on the association's main Facebook page representing what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to them. The image can be a picture of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives.

Successfully managing diabetes can be a herculean task, making what might seem like an otherwise ordinary life rather extraordinary. Using imagery, the power of social engagement and a larger-than-life stage, light will be shown on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each day, highlighting the association and corporations focused on stopping the disease.

Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to stop it. To encourage individuals to share photos of A Day in the Life of Diabetes on Facebook, CVS/pharmacy will donate $1 to the American Diabetes Association for every photo/image uploaded, up to $25,000.

"Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 3.9 million people in California," said Larissa Roman, executive director. "We know this disease impacts everyone in different ways. Social media is a great way for the community to express themselves and demonstrate to others what daily life with diabetes means to them. Whether you are living with the disease, a caregiver or just a friend of a person with diabetes, the amount of people diabetes touches on a daily basis is vast."

American Diabetes Month facts and figures:

Prevalence

• Nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States, with another 79 million Americans at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

• If present trends continue, as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.

• 200,000 people have diabetes in the San Diego area.

Toll on health

• Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Costs

• The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion annually. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion each year.

• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes occupies $1 out of every $5 in total health care costs.

About American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. For years, the American Diabetes Association has used this month as an opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and its serious complications.

American Diabetes Month is sponsored by CVS/pharmacy's ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes savings program exclusively for those living with diabetes and their caregivers. Visit CVS.com/diabetes to learn more.

About the 'Stop Diabetes' movement

"Stop Diabetes" is the American Diabetes Association's movement to end the toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of individuals across our nation. Its goal is to inspire and mobilize the general public, volunteers, donors, corporations and the scientific and medical communities to rally around our cause and our call to "share, act, learn and give." Through these actions, millions will have the chance to get involved and help raise awareness, promote healthy living and raise money to fund educational outreach, advocacy efforts and critical research that will ultimately stop diabetes once and for all.

About the American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to "Stop Diabetes" and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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