Health and Family Services Cabinet
World Diabetes Day
Editor’s Note: During the month of November, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services will highlight difference topics related to diabetes in correlation with Diabetes Awareness Month. This is the third article in the series.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month
The Kentucky Department for Public Health is joining health care providers, educators and advocates from around the world to raise awareness about diabetes.
World Diabetes Day will be recognized today, Nov. 14 as a way to bring attention to the international impact of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and ultimately lessen the burden of the disease. The observance will be recognized in various countries per a resolution issued in June 2006 from the United Nations.
“Kentuckians of all ages and backgrounds live with diabetes,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health for the Kentucky Health and Family Services Cabinet and public health commissioner. “Sadly, the impact is even greater in other areas and countries. The Kentucky public health is dedicated in doing our part to raise awareness, prevent and help control this terrible disease.”
An estimated 376,000 Kentuckians have diabetes, with more than 109,000 of these individuals remaining undiagnosed. The commonwealth ranks seventh (tied with two other states) in the nation for the highest percentage of the adult population diagnosed with diabetes.
International figures are even more staggering. According to information provided by the UN, 246 million around the world are living with diabetes and millions more are at risk.
“The impact of diabetes on our society is horrific,” said Linda Leber, coordinator for the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. “Far too many people have this disease and so many of them aren’t properly managing it. Their health and quality of life have been severely compromised.”
The UN general assembly passed the World Diabetes Day resolution, recognizing diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease. The resolution designates that World Diabetes Day be observed every year.
For more information, contact Leber at the Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at (502) 564-7996.