Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #23

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:

  1. There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes.
  2. 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.
  3. Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure.
  4. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
  5. 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.
  6. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. There are 54 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 20.8 million with diabetes.
  10. 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.
  11. Every 21 seconds, another American is diagnosed with diabetes.
  12. 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
  13. 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.

15 hi-fives:

Anonymous said...

I actually had #8 with all three of my pregnancies. It's quite scary. And now my children have a very high risk for becoming diabetic.

Daisy said...

That is some very, very important information! My grandma has diabetes.

Anonymous said...

That is a great idea for TT.

Nice Thursday post! I love Thursdays, Time to watch Greys anatomy , ER and then fall asleep. I just posted my Thursday post. I had my tooth pulled yesterday so Im still under the weather, but dont worry the post doesnt show pictures of my tooth!

Have a great Thursday!


Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Thank you for sharing these facts about diabetes!

Zoolatry said...

Excellent posting, important and informative. Thanks so much!

Captain Jack and Sir Dante said...

Thank you for posting all of this information about diabetes. Our Nana and Grandpa both have it and since both of them have it our Mommy is tested for it at least once a year by her human V-E-T.

Tybalt said...

Great job on the Thursday Thirteen! My mommy has pre-diabetes/insulin resistance. She's very glad that you kitties are promoting awareness!

PB 'n J said...

Super Thursday 13! We're glad that your Mommy's diabetes is under control.

Christine and FAZ said...

Awareness does help. Good Thursday Thirteen. FAZ

Artsy Catsy said...

It's so wonderful that so many blogging kitties are raising awareness of diabetes. We had no idea so many people were affected. We had a kitty with diabetes and our human struggled all the time to control it. She had to get shots every day, but she was such a good kitty, she didn't mind. Our mom would call out, "Shot time, Hooter!" and sweet little Hootie would come running!

& everybody at Artsy Catsy

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Our dad has diabetes and him and mom (mostly mom) work furry hard to keep him healthy.

The Cat Realm said...

Thank yo for these great facts! I hope your Mom and Dad are taking good care of themselves! And i know you are helping with that!

Mr. Hendrix said...

wow, i didn't know all this about diabetes. Thank you for sharing. I hope there is a cure someday cause I'm sure it is very hard to deal with. Big purrs to your beans to take care of themselves!

Karen Jo said...

Thank you for all the information on diabetes. I know some people who have it, though no one in my family does. I hope your Grandma and Grandpa don't have too much trouble controlling theirs.

Parker said...

Me and Mommy say thank-you for doing this post. Diabetes sux!