Diabetes and You

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have diabetes.


The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
Take the first steps toward better diabetes care by visiting the Diabetes Learning Center -- an area for people who have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, or those needing basic information.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Create Your Own Diabetes Fundraiser

Be the Hero! Become a Diabetes Diplomat

  • "How can I help?" We hear that question all the time. We have the answer. Become a Diabetes Diplomat. Be the Hero!Diabetes Diplomats are all ages, from all over the world. How can you become one? By raising money to help the Diabetes Research Institute cure diabetes. Do something you enjoy. Ask your family, friends and neighbors to join you. You might be surprised how willing they are to help -- if you just ask!
    You can make it big, like organizing a walk-a-thon in your school or community. Or, keep it small: participate in a run or walk -- and ask people to sponsor you.
    Keep it personal, like a letter-writing campaign explaining how diabetes has touched your life.
    If you're good at making things, sell them! (The "bake sale" is an old favorite.)
    Organize a dance, or concert with local bands.
    Put cannisters in stores in your neighborhood.
    Use your imagination!

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