DIABETES MELLITUS

 

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which one’s body is unable to properly produce or utilize insulin to maintain blood glucose levels. Rising costs of insulin and diabetes care have added substantial burden to patients, especially to those in underserved communities.

 
 

More about Diabetes Mellitus

“Type 2 Diabetes - Genetics Home Reference - NIH.”  U.S. National Library of Medicine , National Institutes of Health, ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/type-2-diabetes.

“Type 2 Diabetes - Genetics Home Reference - NIH.” U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/type-2-diabetes.

 
 

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, a protein molecule that keeps one’s blood glucose (sugar) levels from becoming too high.

Type 2 diabetes is when the body’s cells do not properly respond to insulin in lowering blood glucose levels.

 
 

Diabetes increases the risk for cardiovascular diseases, nerve damage (neuropathy), kidney damage (nephropathy), eye damage (retinopathy), foot damage, skin-related infections, hearing damage, Alzheimer’s disease, and depression.

“Diabetes.”  Mayo Clinic , Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 8 Aug. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371444.

“Diabetes.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 8 Aug. 2018, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371444.

“Department of Health.”  Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention , www.health.ny.gov/diseases/conditions/diabetes/.

“Department of Health.” Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention, www.health.ny.gov/diseases/conditions/diabetes/.

 
 

More than 1 in 10 (10.5%) New Yorkers have diabetes. This is higher than the percentage of people who have diabetes nationwide (9.4%).

 
 

There are disproportionately more people with diabetes in low-income, high-poverty areas in NYC, such as Fordham-Bronx Park, Northeast Bronx, South Bronx, East Harlem, and Williamsburg-Bushwick.

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Peter, Patricia, and Kasia Lipska. “The Rising Cost of Diabetes Care in the USA.”  The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology , U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380140/.

Peter, Patricia, and Kasia Lipska. “The Rising Cost of Diabetes Care in the USA.” The Lancet. Diabetes & Endocrinology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2016, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5380140/.

 
 

Increasing costs of insulin and diabetes care have added substantial burdens to healthcare providers, patients, and underprivileged individuals in managing diabetes.

Therefore, your help is needed now more than ever!