NIH statement: Family support key to diabetes prevention, management

NIH: November 14, 2013

Diabetes does not strike a person alone. It strikes families and communities. It strikes our nation and the world. During today’s World Diabetes Day and National Diabetes Month this November, we at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, renew our efforts to prevent, manage and one day cure diabetes. As well, we encourage families to take steps to improve their health and work together to fight diabetes and its serious and sometimes fatal consequences.

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans, and an estimated 79 million people are at risk for developing the disease. Worldwide, diabetes is on the rise, especially in Asia and the Middle East. For people living with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes, family support is critical to staying healthy. NIDDK has taken important steps to curtail this epidemic, from funding research on diabetes and its complications to providing help through education. Read More