PVAMU Goes Blue for World Diabetes Day

November 12, 2014

On November 14, Prairie View A&M University will show support for those living with Diabetes by Going Blue for World Diabetes Day. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation in an effort to unite the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. Each year, World Diabetes Day features a new theme. This year’s theme is Healthy Living and Diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes:

  • 13.2% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
  • African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
  • Diabetes is associated with an increased risk for a number of serious, sometimes life-threatening complications, and certain populations experience an even greater threat. Good diabetes management can help reduce your risk; however, many people are not even aware that they have diabetes until they develop one of its complications.
  • African-Americans are significantly more likely to suffer from blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

The PVAMU Go Blue for Diabetes Day is sponsored by Blessed Males.

For more information about World Diabetes Day, visit www.idf.org.