WHEREAS, every 10 seconds, someone dies of diabetes and two people develop diabetes worldwide; and
WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now and that number is projected to expand to as many as one in three by 2050; and
WHEREAS, more than 1.25 million North Carolina adults have hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels), including an estimated 643,000 with diagnosed diabetes, 232,000 with undiagnosed diabetes and an additional 376,000 adults with prediabetes; and
WHEREAS, in 2008, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death for North Carolinians; and
WHEREAS, diabetes is the number one reason for adult blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation; and
WHEREAS, diabetes has cost the State of North Carolina over $9 billion dollars this year; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council has developed a plan to address diabetes prevention and control statewide; this plan uses evidence-based and promising practices designed to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians with diabetes, while emphasizing prevention where possible; and
WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in encouraging citizens to learn the signs and symptoms of diabetes, consult with their health provider and get screened for diabetes if recommended, and support health promotion efforts to eliminate Type 2 diabetes;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 2013, as “DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH” and November 14, 2013, as “WORLD DIABETES DAY” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.