For the month of November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of diabetes. The 2016 Diabetes Awareness Month campaign, sponsored by Colgate Total and Medtronic Diabetes, invites the community to use the hashtag #ThisIsDiabetes to share personal stories and start a dialogue about what it means to live with diabetes.
The 2016 theme,This Is Diabetes, is intended to raise awareness about the struggles of the disease and create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis. Twenty-nine million Americans live with diabetes, and the chronic illness dictates how they organize their day, what they eat at every meal, how they choose to be physically active and how they spend their money. People with diabetes can have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes, as type 1 and type 2 require very specific forms of treatment.
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