November 14, 2018
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Researchers from the Program for Neurology Research & Discovery (PNR&D) gathered to support World Diabetes Day on Wednesday (November 14). World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization and takes place each November 14. The theme for 2018 and 2019 is “The Family and Diabetes.”
Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States, with another 80 million showing pre-diabetic signs. The number of diabetes patients is increasing by 5 percent per year and more than one in three Americans born in 2000 will likely develop diabetes in their lifetime.
World Diabetes Day is marked by the blue circle, the global symbol for diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes epidemic. The PNR&D team commemorated the event by forming its own blue circle.
PNR&D, under the direction of Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., is a team of more than 30 physicians and neuroscientists dedicated to understanding neurological disorders and finding better treatments and cures. Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a main focus of PNR&D scientists. It is the leading cause of diabetic amputations and can also damage to the heart and eyes.
Among the many diabetes-related projects taking place at PNR&D is a five-year clinical trial testing the effects of high-intensity exercise and bariatric surgery on the nervous system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are funding the trial.
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World Diabetes Day focused this year on diabetes and the family. According to the International Diabetes Federation:
- One in every two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to helping prevent or delay life-threatening complications.
- If type 1 diabetes is not detected early, it can lead to serious disability or death. Know the signs and symptoms to protect yourself and your family.
- 80% of cases of type 2 diabetes is preventable through the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your family’s risk starts at home.
- When a family eats healthy meals and exercises together, all family members benefit and encourage behaviors that could help prevent type 2 diabetes in the family.
- 70% of premature deaths among adults are largely due to behavior initiated during adolescence.