Profile America: Diabetes Month

Wednesday, November 7th. November is designated every year as National Diabetes Month. The goal is to make the public more aware of the serious nature of the disease, and how to detect and control it. When our bodies are unable to maintain a normal blood sugar level, many complications may follow, including kidney failure. The disease is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness.

Diabetes in America is on the rise, surging from under 1 percent of the population in 1958 to over 7 percent in this decade. One of the most vital tools in the fight against the ravages of diabetes is insulin. Nationally, over 1,300 establishments manufacture pharmaceutical preparations — insulin among them — and earning $151 billion per year.

You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey.

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