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Diabetes killed my dad in 2005, and I started walking that same year, just three months after he died. As I head into my 17th annual walk this year, I feel more determined than ever to keep fighting this thing, and trying to make a difference.
Covid-19 has taken a terrible toll. The CDC says that in 2020, 40% of the people who died with Covid were diabetics, though diabetics make up "only" 10.5% of the US population. Deaths from diabetes itself last year surged 17% to more than 100,000, based on a Reuters analysis of CDC data. Younger people – those ages 25 to 44 – suffered the sharpest increase, with a 29% jump in deaths. By comparison, all other deaths except those directly attributed to the coronavirus rose 6% last year, Reuters found.
The pandemic really caused a perfect storm situation for diabetics. Already 1 in 3 Americans were pre-diabetic (that's 88 million people, 84% of whom do not even know they have elevated blood sugar), and when people were sent home in March 2020, they stopped getting their exercise at school... gyms closed... people were afraid to go to the grocery store and bought more fast-food take out...people stayed away from hospitals and did not go in for their regular testing, or to have problems addressed at an early enough stage to save a limb from amputation, for example. National data isn't available yet, but at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, major amputations shot up 42% last year. At Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., diagnoses of type 2 diabetes among patients 8 to 20 years old nearly tripled in the first year of the pandemic.
That's enough with the terrible statistics though. Let's try to DO something about it!
Diabetes is not going to go away on its own. It is only through our efforts together that we will tackle this.
Please help if you can.
When you donate:
You spread awareness of the devastating effects of diabetes.
You advocate for a child discriminated against in school because of diabetes.
You fund life-saving research. In 2019, this equalled 25 million dollars' worth of grants to 295 different projects at 118 different institutions across the U.S.!
You provide access to community programs, kids' camps and free resources that help those living with diabetes.
Thank you for making a donation to this cause that is so very important to me!