November is American Diabetes Month
I have students who have Type I diabetes. Just last week, one of my students was finding it difficult to focus. At first I thought it was because it was last period and sometimes it’s easy to drift off. But, I’ve never seen this one student do that before. I made him focus on me and asked him if he needed to be taken to the nurse. He told me, “I think I’m having a diabetes problem.” I called the nurse to tell her we were coming (we were just a few doors down the hall). She met us half way, had the young man test his sugar, gave him orange juice…and all was well. I can’t imagine how it must be to have to monitor sugar levels throughout the day, especially for a child. It’s a responsibility that just shouldn’t have to happen. Through my students I have become more aware of the deadly disease.
Bret Michaels Joins American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is pleased to announce Bret Michaels, musician and winner of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” has joined their movement to Stop Diabetes® by raising awareness about diabetes this November for American Diabetes Month. Bret will serve as the “Face of Diabetes” by helping the Association kick-off the month with various activities and is featured in a public service announcement campaign that he helped produce.
“We are so excited to be working with Bret during one of our important awareness campaigns, American Diabetes Month,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. “His passion and commitment to the cause and to our movement to Stop Diabetes is crucial in helping us change the future of this deadly disease.”
Bret Michaels Knows About Diabetes
Bret, has had type 1 diabetes since the age of six, chose the American Diabetes Association as his charity during the spring season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” He raised more than $300,000 for the Association and has helped put a face to diabetes by raising critical awareness about the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and management. Since that time, Bret has continued to work with Association volunteers and staff across the country throughout his 2010 tour.
“It is an honor to once again be working with the American Diabetes Association,” said Bret. “As someone with type 1 diabetes, I know how difficult it can be to live with this disease and how important it is to raise awareness so that we can eventually put a stop to diabetes. I hope everyone will join me in the movement to Stop Diabetes this November.”
Diabetes Can Be A Deadly Disease
Nearly 24 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes contributes to the deaths of more than 230,000 Americans each year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is more than $174 billion; further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the United States could exceed $218 billion.
How to Help Stop Diabetes
For more information about how you can join the American Diabetes Association’s movement to Stop Diabetes during American Diabetes Month, visit stopdiabetes.com or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). If you sign up on the website, Diet V8 will donate $5.
About Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels, is a legendary singer/songwriter and reality TV star and can be seen this fall starring in his new reality show, “Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It”, which debuts October 18th on VH1. His current album “Custom Built” debuted on July 6th at #1 on the hard rock and independent charts. For additional information and upcoming tour dates please visit www.bretmichaels.com
About the American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.