ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During American Diabetes Month® this November, the American Diabetes Association joins the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness of diabetes on Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day. Nov. 14 is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin.
The World Diabetes Day 2015 campaign focuses year round on the importance of healthy eating to prevent type 2 diabetes and to manage of all types of diabetes to avoid complications.
"Diabetes is a serious epidemic facing not only our nation, but the world," said David Marrero, PhD, President, Health Care & Education, American Diabetes Association. "We can make progress in the fight to Stop Diabetes® by helping people with healthy ideas they can put into action, including resources to help people make the right choice when it comes to what they eat."
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million have prediabetes, placing them at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The IDF Diabetes Atlas estimates there are 387 million people living with diabetes worldwide.
The Association has themed this month Eat Well, America!SM to help make healthful eating a foundational, accessible habit in America. Preparing a healthful meal can help fight expanding waistlines, low energy and the rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illness.
Five nationally known chefs and cookbook authors – Ronaldo Linares, Ingrid Hoffman, Aviva Goldfarb, Barbara Seelig-Brown and Jackie Newgent – have worked with the Association to create healthy recipes that people can use whether they are looking to prevent, delay or manage diabetes, or to simply maintain a healthy lifestyle. Recipes and more about what the Association is providing during American Diabetes Month can be found at diabetesforecast.org/ADM.
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes® and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. For the past 75 years, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.
SOURCE American Diabetes Association