Diabetes, a serious chronic disease that affects 29 million Americans, is one of our nation’s most critical public-health concerns.
If left untreated, diabetes can lead to severe consequences such as stroke, kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, blindness and amputations of lower limbs.
Besides causing untold human suffering, diabetes is expensive, accounting for one out of every three healthcare dollars spent in the Medicare program.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) joins with the International Diabetes Federation in recognizing Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day and encourages everyone to help raise awareness of this insidious disease. Many organizations, patients and supporters observe this day each year by wearing blue.
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World Diabetes Day is celebrated globally with the decoration of iconic buildings and landmarks including the London Eye, Sydney Opera House, Empire State Building — and even Niagara Falls.
AACE members — clinical endocrinologists — are experts in diabetes care and understand that increasing awareness is the first step to better treatment outcomes for diabetes patients.
So wear blue today, and help stem the rising tide of this pandemic disease.
R. Mack Harrell, M.D., president, AACE, Jacksonville