Today - Nov. 14th - is World Diabetes Day.
Those who are closest to me, or hell anybody who is around me for more than 5 minutes, knows that I have what Wilford Brimley calls "The Diabet-is." Today around the world people are wearing blue, lighting blue candles, sending virtual candles, lighting their houses in blue, not being blue, and marching to raise awareness for this huge but largely misunderstood disease.
So to impress your friends at parties, here are a few quick facts:
- 23.6 million people in the US (7.8% of the population) have diabetes
- Almost 1/3 of people who have it do not even know they have it and are undiagnosed
- Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased 45% while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke and cancer have declined
- If current trends continue, 1 out of 3 Americans and 1 in 2 minorities born in 2000 will develop diabetes
But anyone who really knows me also knows that I do not want to be a downer about this and will take any opportunity to tout how diabetics are superior to other, feeble humans, so would like to note that:
- Diabetics are known to have larger brains, shot put bowling balls, eat small airplanes and win CLUE with a single guess.
So be educated and be aware of how diabetes is affecting millions in the US, and get on board to help cure this growing epidemic.
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