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Diabetic Awareness: “Count Me In” Campaign Aims to Change the Numbers on the Diabetes Epidemic

The ADA asks you to raise your voice, mark your fist and share your image on social media using #CountMeInADA

Throughout the month of November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is highlighting the numbers that matter most when it comes to those living with, at risk and supporting those with diabetes. Count Me In is not just an awareness campaign; it is a call to action for all of us. Visit diabetes.org/CountMeInADA to answer the call today.

On November 1st, to kick off American Diabetes Month, the ADA started to ask supporters to show their solidarity, whether they have diabetes, they’re supporting someone who has it, or they’re a caregiver, health care provider, or friend. ADA is asking that we all raise our voices, mark our fists and share our images on social media using #CountMeInADA to show the world that we are united.

Why do the numbers matter? 30 million American adults live with diabetes, another 84 million are at risk for it and 90% don’t know it. These numbers are alarming, but other numbers can make the difference when it comes to stopping this disease. From the number of people who know their risk, to the number on your blood glucose meter.

“If you think that you’re totally immune, or totally unaffected by diabetes, you’re not,” said Tracey D. Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the ADA. “One out of two of us are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Whether it’s taking 60 seconds to learn your risk, signing up to become an advocate for those living with diabetes or spreading awareness by marking your fist in solidarity, there’s something you can do. It starts with you. Can we count you in?”

This month we challenge you to change the numbers. If you’re unaware of your risk for diabetes, take the first step. Get your blood glucose tested and have the conversation with your doctor. And if you are living with diabetes, help us change the numbers that will make a difference.

The ADA is pleased to collaborate with national sponsors Colgate Total and CVS Pharmacy on this year’s American Diabetes Month campaign. Get involved today at diabetes.org/CountMeInADA.

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. To learn more or to get involved, visit diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

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