November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Because this disease affects so many people in the U.S., this month, organized by the American Diabetes Association, is meant to raise awareness throughout the nation while also providing resources to those who deal with it every day.

How does diabetes affect Americans?

According to the ADA, 9.3 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. In total, this means that 29.1 million people in the U.S. deal with the illness every day. It is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the country and affects 25.9 percent of senior citizens and more than 200,000 people under the age of 20. The ADA also notes that 86 million people over the age of 20 have pre-diabetes, a number that continues to grow every year.

Tips from the ADA

Every day during November, the ADA is celebrating the millions of heroes managing diabetes every day. “People living with diabetes face enormous challenges each day to manage their diabetes and they must do so while living their normal lives. We recognize the incredible strength they show, and stand with them to help stop the diabetes epidemic,” said the Association’s Chief Scientific, Medical and Mission Officer William T. Cefalu, MD in a ADA press release. “From the mom who takes her insulin shot on the way to pick up her daughter from ballet, to the businessman who prepares his mother’s meals and her diabetes medicine each day before leaving for work, the stories of everyday people who live with or love someone with diabetes remind all of us that they are heroes.”

How you can get involved

The ADA offers a number of programs all around the country to promote this month of disease awareness. This month, the ADA encourages you to visit diabetes.org/thisisdiabetes and find a way to get involved. You can either donate to support research, education, and prevention; sign up to be an advocate; or participate in their #DearDiabetes campaign.

You’ll find lots of great resources all month long right here on Diabetic Connect to help you take control of your diabetes, spread awareness, find support, and more. Click here to visit our special Diabetes Awareness Month page.

How are you going to participate in Diabetes Awareness Month? Share with the community in the comments below.