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Diabetes Month

November 4, 2014

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Profile America — Tuesday, November 4th. November is designated every year as National Diabetes Month. The goal is to make the public more aware of the serious nature of the disease and how to detect and control it. When our bodies are unable to maintain a normal blood sugar level, many complications may follow, including kidney failure. The disease is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness. Diabetes in the U.S. is on the rise, and some public health experts even refer to it as an epidemic, fueled by our overweight and inactive lifestyle. One of the most vital tools in the fight against the ravages of diabetes is insulin. Insulin is one product of the industry making pharmaceuticals worth over $120 billion annually. You can find current data on the country's economy by downloading the America's Economy mobile app at

Risk factors and surge in diabetes
Rise in diabetes diagnoses
Pharmaceutical industry value of shipments/NAICS 325412

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: October 23, 2014