Diabetes Awareness in 2021
The ADA notes that collective action is needed to reduce the effects of diabetes on the global population. “Diabetes isn’t going away until we all do our part,” says Daisy Diaz, a spokesperson for the ADA. “There are simple yet life-changing steps we can all take to recognize, reduce our risk, and ease the burden of diabetes.
Week 1 (November 1–7): Step Up Awareness
The first thing to do is to educate yourself, says the ADA. It provides information and resources at Diabetes.org/adm.
Week 2 (November 8–14): Step Up Detection
Knowing the risk factors for type 2 diabetes is one of the first steps in preventing the disease. The organization encourages people to take a risk test at Diabetes.org/risktest.
Week 3 (November 15–21): Step Up Management
To help people living with diabetes thrive, the ADA provides healthy recipes at Diabetes.org/foodhub and a healthy living newsletter. It will also host a fitness challenge on the exercise tracking app Strava.
Week 4 (November 22–28): Step Up and Thrive
The group encourages those inspired by the previous steps and their personal progress to be advocates for more funding, healthcare access, and affordable treatments. Its advocacy hub is at Diabetes.org/advocacy.
Meanwhile, the JDRF, which is focused on type 1 diabetes research and advocacy, will unveil programming around the theme “Movers, Shakers, T1D Changemakers.” Activities will include conferences and fundraising walks in cities around the United States and local galas. Team JDRF will take part in the New York City Marathon, too. The latest activities for Diabetes Awareness Month will be listed at JDRF.org/ndam.
Beyond the activities of these U.S.-based organizations, groups around the globe will observe World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2021. The theme, which will be used through 2023, is “Access to Diabetes Care.” It was chosen to highlight the barriers to getting the medicine, technologies, support, and care millions need to manage the disease 100 years after insulin was first used for diabetes treatment. “The centenary of the discovery of insulin presents a unique opportunity to bring about meaningful change for the more than 460 million people living with diabetes and the millions more at risk,” according to the International Diabetes Federation.
Use the information below to learn more about American Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day activities, how to lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, how you can use your voice to advocate for better treatments, where you can find support for managing the disease, and how you can donate toward research or even participate in studies related to diabetes.
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