Alabama is one of six states in the U.S. where at least 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes.
"During National Diabetes Month, we renew our dedication to combating this chronic, life-threatening illness by standing with those living with diabetes," according to the proclamation, "honoring the professionals and advocates engaged in fighting diabetes, and working to raise awareness about prevention and treatment."
Diabetes can lead to serious complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness. Type 1 diabetes, often diagnosed in children, limits insulin production and its causes are not well defined. Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for more than 90 percent of diabetes cases, has been linked to older age and family history, although it is increasingly being diagnosed in younger Americans and is associated with obesity and inactivity.
The risk is particularly high among African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. People should talk to their health care provider about steps they can take to prevent or manage this disease.
"I call upon all Americans, school systems, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, research institutions, and other interested groups to join in activities that raise diabetes awareness and help prevent, treat, and manage the disease," the president said in the proclamation.