Upload your "Day in the Life of Diabetes" photo to facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation. (Courtesy American Diabetes Association)

American Diabetes Association Launches 'A Day in the Life of Diabetes' Campaign

ICTMN Staff
10/1/12

Starting today, October 1, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is asking you to share a personal image, via Facebook, representing what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to you.

The image can be a picture of yourself or of a loved one. It should show how the disease impacts your daily life. To encourage individuals to share their photos on Facebook, CVS/pharmacy has agreed to donate $1 to the ADA for every photo/image uploaded, up to $25,000.

"We know this disease impacts everyone in a different way and this is a way for you to show us what A Day in the Life of Diabetes means for you," the ADA website states.

Visit facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation for more information.

The ADA's vision "is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens." One of the ADA's main initiatives is to raise awareness of the disease, the issues surrounding diabetes and the many people who are impacted by the disease.

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, according to the ADA, and another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The ADA estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

Diabetes affects Native Americans at twice the rate of the white population and is increasingly appearing in children as well as adults, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The ADA offers many resources to those affected by diabetes. Learn more about managing the disease through the ADA's Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes Facebook page and about eating right through the Association's Recipes for Healthy Eating website. The ADA also has a toll-free number: 1-800-DIABETES.

American Diabetes Month takes place each November, which is also National Native American Heritage Month.

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