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Help light the night sky in Lee's Summit BLUE on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Help light the night sky in Lee's Summit BLUE on World Diabetes Day, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.

Nov. 11, 2012

World Diabetes Day Balloon release and
Hope for Aly is providing BLUE balloons that light up.

Katrina Huckabay said, "You will be able to decorate the balloons in any way you'd like with marker, maybe with a loved one with Diabetes name or a special friend who is no longer around that had Diabetes."  

Balloons will be released at Lowenstein Park, 1901 NW Lowenstein Dr., Lee's Summit, November 14 at  7 p.m. in honor of all the Diabetics.

Huckabay wants to thank everyone for their support for people living with diabetes, and wants to remind the public not to forget to wear their blue shoes.

Katrina Huckabay of Lee's Summit, daughter, Aly, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes Type 1 in January of 2007 at 2 1/2 years old. Since then it's been her mission to help find a cure and raise funding for research.

To learn more about Hope for Aly visit http://hopeforaly.weebly.com/

November is National Diabetes Month.
Listed below are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes:

    Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
    Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
    The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

 
About Diabetes


Prevalence

• Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
• Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
• Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

The Toll on Health

• Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result
in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
• The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
o Direct medical costs reach $116 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
o Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
o Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.
• The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.
American Diabetes Month takes place each November and is a time to come together as a community to Stop Diabetes®!


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