Did you know it is estimated that 366 million people across the globe are living with diabetes? Put another way, this is the equivalent of the entire U.S. population having diabetes…and that doesn’t even begin to account for the additional millions affected by their loved ones’ condition.
What’s even scarier is experts predict that within a generation, this number could rise to 500 million if nothing is done to stop it.
On September 19 and 20, the United Nations will convene health experts and government leaders from around the world in New York City to shine a spotlight on these staggering numbers and identify ways to alleviate and eventually, stop what has become a global epidemic . I’m honored that I have been invited to serve on the U.S. delegation to this meeting and am proud to be representing the Association.
While together, attendees will also address heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease. These four conditions are known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and they account for nearly two-thirds of deaths globally, many of which could be prevented. The UN summit will open the door for international collaboration on improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these all across the globe.
While I can’t predict the outcome of the meeting, I can pledge the Association’s commitment to Stopping Diabetes. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates.
In good health,
Larry Hausner, MBA
Chief Executive Officer