PARKERSBURG - November is American Diabetes Month and the American Diabetes Association will ask the community to submit a personal image to the association's Facebook mosaic representing what "A Day in the Life of Diabetes" means to them.
Parkersburg and Mid Ohio Valley residents can post images of themselves or someone they care about, or otherwise represent how the disease impacts their lives. The image will then make up a larger mosaic image that will embody the message of A Day in the Life of Diabetes.
This year, the association will change the mosaic image several times throughout November to show the many compelling images that represent A Day in the Life of Diabetes. These photos that will embody the mosaic throughout the month will capture the essence of the campaign and the movement to Stop Diabetes.
In addition, the Association will be working closely with NASCAR driver, Ryan Reed, to showcase the mosaic in the NASCAR series. Ryan's race car will be wrapped with photos from the mosaic and will be featured in his Nov. 9 race in Phoenix during American Diabetes Month.
Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
Diabetes if it isn't managed can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage. Diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.
"We're excited to further grow this campaign and heighten the overall awareness of diabetes in Parkersburg and the Mid Ohio Valley," Cherrie Cowan, diabetes nurse practitioner with the Parkersburg Community Health Center, said. "Diabetes doesn't stop. It is 24/7, 365 days a year. By calling on our community to take a public stand through social media, we continue to shine a light on the issue of diabetes and those who live with it each and every day."
For more information in English and Spanish call 1-800-DIABETES or visit diabetes.org. Also, follow the association on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation and Twitter at www.twitter.com/AmDiabetesAssn.