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National Diabetes Awareness Month --- November 2003

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. During November, 59 state and territorial diabetes prevention and control programs, the National Institutes of Health, the American Diabetes Association, community-based organizations, other partners, and CDC will highlight activities that increase awareness about diabetes. An estimated 17 million persons in the United States have diabetes. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of diabetes-related deaths. Adults with diabetes have a two to four times higher risk for stroke, and their death rate from heart disease is two to four times higher than adults without diabetes (1). During 1990--2000, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes, including gestational diabetes, increased 49% among U.S. adults (2).

Each week in November, MMWR will publish reports related to diabetes. In addition, CDC has prepared two reports, "Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel" (available at ) and "Public Health Approaches in Diabetes Prevention and Control," which describes population-based diabetes prevention and control interventions (3). Additional information about diabetes is available from CDC at


  1. CDC. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes in the United States. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2002.
  2. Mokdad AH, Bowman BA, Ford ES, et al. The continuing epidemics of obesity and diabetes in the United States. JAMA 2001;286:1195--200.
  3. 3. Jack L Jr, Narayan KMV, Satterfield D, Lanza A. Public health approaches in diabetes prevention and control. J Public Health Manag Pract 2003;9(suppl):1--80.

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