Don’t forget….

May 2, 2002

…..this weekend is the Walk to Cure Diabetes. You can click on the banner at the top and donate any amount. All of the money, minus the fees that PayPal takes out automaticially, will go to help fund Diabetes research.

17 million to 20 million Americans have diabetes.

  • The number of Americans with diabetes jumped 50 percent from 1990 to 2000.

  • In ten years, over two million people will die from diabetes and over $1 trillion will be lost in direct and indirect costs due to diabetes.

  • Since 1980, deaths related to diabetes increased 40 percent while the proportion of government funding for diabetes research at the National Institutes of Health dropped 20 percent.

  • By 2010, ten percent of the population will have diagnosed diabetes.

  • Health care costs attributed to diabetes are $100 billion annually.

  • Approximately 800,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year.

  • Diabetes is the main cause of kidney failure and new onset blindness, and it is a major cause of limb amputations, heart disease and stroke.

  • Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations. Each year, 56,000 people lose a foot or leg to diabetes. The risk of a leg amputation is 15 to 40 times greater for a person with diabetes.

more stats including diabetes and heart disease is here

http://www.diabetes.org/main/community/advocacy/quickstats.jsp

What this list doesn’t include is that diabetes is a gateway to other serious conditions like heart disease and contributes to those conditions.

Yes, I’m selfish. I want you to donate! I’ve been a diabetic since January 2001 and have two newly diagnosed members of my & Niki’s families in the past 6 months.