While most people may associate November with Thanksgiving and Veterans Day, it’s also one in which we recognize a serious disease in America: Diabetes. Over 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, including over one in four senior citizens age 65 or older.
To help combat this disease, it’s important to learn more about it and the organizations trying to find a cure.
Diabetes is a condition that causes high glucose levels in the blood due to the body’s inability to sufficiently produce insulin. While it doesn’t get as much publicity as other diseases, diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDs combined. There are two kinds of diabetes: Type 1 is a condition in which a person has no insulin in their body at all, while those with type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough or cannot use it properly.
How to help fight diabetes
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a professional society that consists of caregivers, volunteers and advocates for diabetes awareness. The society is headquartered here in the D.C. Metro area and offers several ways to donate money for the fight against diabetes on its website.
If you’d prefer to give your time, you can also look for volunteer opportunities near you. A few examples of volunteer positions include advocates for certain minority groups, general ambassadors, and youth volunteers.
At the American Inn of Bethesda we believe it is important to help our friends in the medical community work to make everyone healthier. Please contact us at 877-898-0864 for discounted rates for health professionals or conferences coming together to make progress in the fight against diabetes and other harmful diseases.