Press Release

October 18, 2018

Diabetes is an Everyday Reality for Nearly 30 Million Americans

November is National Diabetes Month and November 14th is World Diabetes Day

 

(Orlando, Florida)  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans.  For those who have been diagnosed, diabetes impacts nearly every decision they make daily—from what they’ll eat, wear, do and how they’ll take care of themselves. Yet the 24/7 burden of diabetes management is often misunderstood.  The goal of National Diabetes Awareness Month is to demonstrate the everyday reality that so many are living with, to offer support to those who have been diagnosed and to the  projected 1.5 million additional who will likely be diagnosed next year.

 

World Diabetes Day takes place each year on November 14th which is the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

 

In Orlando, the Bob Carr Theater will come alive on November 10th for the 18th annual Dancing for Diabetes a showcase of hundreds of Central Florida dancers – taking stage – using their talents –  and through the art of dance raising funds to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes while inspiring those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives.   The event will be held from 7pm to 10pm at the Bob Carr Theater located at 401 West Livingston Street – Orlando, FL 32801. Tickets are available at:  https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2018/18thannualdancingfordiabetes/

 

There are three primary types of Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational).  The Orlando nonprofit Dancing for Diabetes focuses on Type 1 (once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin).

 

Statistics on Diabetes:   Read Full Report

  • New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
  • Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
  • Undiagnosed: Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
  • Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.2%, or
  • 0 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • New Cases: 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
  • Prediabetes: In 2015, 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
  • Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death

 

Media Opportunity:      

  • Contact: Paula Wyatt – 321-946-6565 – paula@anythingisposhable.com
  • Secure Media Pass with Back Stage Tour on November 10th at Dancing for Diabetes Show
  • Schedule on-air, video or telephone interview with Local Expert: Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 10 years old, Elizabeth Forrest was determined to not let diabetes negatively impact her life.  She was inspired to create “Dancing for Diabetes” a central Florida 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to spread awareness through the art of dance to better educate the community, raise funds to find a cure, and inspire those with diabetes to live healthy and active lives (Now in its 18th year!)