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Doing More for Diabetes

A web site promotes global awareness of the growing diabetes epidemic.

By Andrea Wright-Agustin

A 2004 study revealed that more than 100,000 people in Hawai‘i are living with diabetes. More than 250 million people worldwide have the disease. Diabetes is considered the fourth leading cause of death in most developed countries.

The web site Unite for Diabetes is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes. The site was launched as part of a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to support the United Nations’ World Diabetes Day resolution. The United Nations recently recognized the growing diabetes epidemic as a serous threat throughout the world and declared the first annual World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14, 2007.

The site is filled with facts, figures and information on diabetes. Under the “Inspired by Diabetes” link, you can find information on how to share your personal diabetes story with the world to help increase awareness. You’ll also find information on IDF’s Live for A Child program, a global initiative that offers resources and education to children with diabetes in developing countries.

On the homepage, you can purchase a diabetes pin, read the UN’s resolution, and download educational material such as logos, posters and flyers to help support the campaign.

Visit Unite for Diabetes to learn about what you can do to help.

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