First of all, did you get a chance to see all the peace globes yesterday? !WOW! We went and visited as many as we could from the cat blogosphere. We tried to get everybody but a couple times, blogger went *pffff* on us. If we missed you, we're sorry!
Second, we wanted to remind you that November is American Diabetes Month. Our Man in Green's Mom has diabetes and our mom's dad has diabetes too. It can be scary sometimes for people who have it but both our grandma and grandpa take care of themselves.
We deicded to dedicate this Thursday Thirteen to Facts about Diabetes:
- There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes.
- While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.
- Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure.
- It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
- In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
- Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes
- In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use sugar. Sugar is the basic fuel for the cells in the body, and insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells.
- Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year. (our mom didn't like taking this test when she was going to hatch the little monkey)
- There are 54 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 20.8 million with diabetes.
- Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
- Every 21 seconds, another American is diagnosed with diabetes.
- The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2002 was estimated to be $132 billion, or one out of every 10 health care dollars spent in the United States
- Based on death certificate data, diabetes contributed to 224,092 deaths in 2002
Diabetes can be a very scary illness. We hope that there is a cure someday!
All this info was found at the American Diabetes Association website.