November is American Diabetes Month

Hi Folks
I got this email. I think there is a Kidndey month or week?
The idea of a ribbon or getting dialysis in the public eye could take place in a time frame in the month or week. In the case of November Diabetes maybe a week could be working into TV spots letting people see Home dialysis being done to let peole know life still can go on, I know the idea is not have people on dialysis, but life isn’t that way.
Here is the email:

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure. Every November, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to learn more about diabetes and the risks associated with the disease. Please see the attached document to learn more about the diabetes education programs The Occupational Health Center and The Chester County Hospital have to offer to your employees.
Thank you. Have a safe and healthy day!
The Health Network of The Chester County Hospital
bobeleanor :idea:

The number of people with diabetes is mushrooming in the U.S. There is a national program called the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NDEP) that was established to educate people about prevention and control of diabetes. The program is administered by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health. It is called the National Diabetes Education Program. You can find a number of educational materials there for patients and professionals.

There is a National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) in the National Institutes of Health that is working to educate people in high risk groups about kidney disease with the goal of preventing kidney disease. One of its objectives is to get labs to calculate and report glomerular filtration rates (GFR) and for people to know what their GFR is like they have learned to know their blood pressure and cholesterol.

NKDEP designed banners to put on websites encouraging people to find out what they can do to prevent kidney disease:

The U.S. website promoting organ donation has banners and buttons promoting organ donation:

Finally, here are a few dates to remember:

  • March is National Kidney Month
  • April is National Donate Life Month
  • National Organ Donor Sabbath is November 10-11, 2006