William T. Cefalu, MD: November 14, 2017


American Diabetes Month® Campaign Celebrates the Millions of Heroes Managing Diabetes Every Day

William T. Cefalu, MD

Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer, American Diabetes Association



In recognition of November as American Diabetes Month®, the American Diabetes Association® (Association) reminds us that there’s a hero inside everyone affected by diabetes. The 2017 This Is Diabetes campaign will share the stories of people with diabetes and how their strength, courage and determination make them heroes.

On November 14th, the ADA’s Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer Dr. William T. Cefalu is available to discuss why it is important to step up, suit up and join the ADA in improving the lives of all people affected by diabetes. He will encourage everyone to take a stand by writing a letter to “Diabetes” via a letter or video format and using #DearDiabetes becoming an advocate to support efforts to find a cure, improve access to health care and protect the rights of people with diabetes; or to share the campaign #ThisIsDiabetes with their family and friends.

Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. This campaign asks everyone affected by diabetes—whether that means people living with diabetes, caregivers or those who are at risk of developing diabetes—to put on their capes and share how they’re taking a stand. Diabetes is a complex health condition that affects millions of people and without proper management, can lead to serious complications. People living with diabetes face enormous challenges each day to manage their diabetes and they must do so while living their normal lives.


Did you know?

  • Nearly 50% of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes and every 21 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • One in three American adults is at risk for type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes affects 30.3 million children and adults in the U.S. today—that’s 1 in 11 Americans.
  • Another 84.1 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and nearly 90% of American adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. It causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
  • Serious complications of diabetes include blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and amputations.

For more information please visit: diabetes.org/ThisIsDiabetes


Dr. William T. Cefalu is Chief Scientific, Medical & Mission Officer at the American Diabetes Association (Association), the global authority on diabetes. Dr. Cefalu leads the Association’s mission efforts to drive discovery within the world of diabetes research, care and prevention; raise voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provide support and advocacy for the millions of people living with diabetes, and those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them.  During his more than 30 year career as a physician, scientist and health care leader, Dr. Cefalu has been an active leader with the Association—as a physician member and most recently serving as the editor-in-chief of Diabetes Care, the highest-ranked, peer-reviewed journal in diabetes, from 2012-2017.


Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (Association) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The Association drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the Association supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

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