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American Diabetes Month in Photos: Yours

American Diabetes Month in photos

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness of this epidemic disease. Since every picture tells a story, this year the American Diabetes Association is asking individuals who have diabetes to share a photo of what living with diabetes means to them as a way to spread the word about the true picture of this insidious disease. Here's how to share your photo, and more.

Diabetes is a daily challenge

For individuals who have diabetes, every day is a reminder of the challenges the disease presents. Yet those challenges can be invisible to anyone who doesn't have the disease or live with someone who does.

The media can write stories and talk about diabetes, and researchers can present their findings, yet much of the message can be lost in the minute-by-minute deluge of information that bombards the public. Photos, however, can say more than words ever can, and your photo could be one of them.

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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has launched a comprehensive program for the 2012 American Diabetes Month that takes advantage of social media avenues and the ADA's online properties to promote the effort to Stop Diabetes®, but they need your help. Here's what you can do:

  • Share a personal photo of yourself, a loved one, or an image that represents what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to you. You can share that image on the ADA's Facebook page. Your photo can become part of a larger collage of photos that shows others how diabetes can affect lives. (As an added incentive, CVS Pharmacy will donate $1 to the ADA--up to $25,000--for every photo or image uploaded to the ADA's Facebook page.)
  • Throughout November, participate in the ADA's social media blitz via Twitter and Facebook, where the Association will highlight photos as well as success stories from people with diabetes and post engaging questions, such as "What makes your life happily ordinary?" The social media sites will also post messages from followers, celebrities, and fans.
  • You and your loved ones can also encourage others to learn more about diabetes by visiting the American Diabetes Association website, reading the ADA's blog, or calling 1-800-DIABETES.

What do you know about diabetes?
Even if you or a loved one lives with diabetes every day, you may not be aware of some of these facts:

  • Approximately 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes
  • An additional 79 million individuals have prediabetes, which places them at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes is the main cause of kidney failure and new cases of blindness among adults
  • Two-thirds of people with diabetes die from stroke or heart disease
  • Between 60 and 70 percent of people who have diabetes also have mild to severe types of damage to their nerves that can cause pain in the hands or feet, sexual problems, digestive disorders, and other nerve-related conditions
  • The ADA estimates that diagnosed diabetes costs the US $174 billion nationally

It's American Diabetes Month, and it's time for you to share your photos of what living with diabetes means to you. Speak to the world with images of diabetes, and it might listen.

American Diabetes Association

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