We Thought You Would Like To Know What Diabetes Is Doing To This Country
What Is Diabetes?
Your body needs energy for everything you do, from running to sleeping. Diabetes affects the way your body turns food into energy. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods you eat into “fuel.” With diabetes, something goes wrong with this process. This affects all parts of the body. It can lead to blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, nerve and blood vessel damage.
Diabetes is a serious health problem. It affects nearly 17 million Americans. One third of them don’t even know they have it. And – there is no cure.
In the five minutes it will take you to read these pages, seven people in the United States will learn they have diabetes. This is approximately 2,200 people a day. It is estimated that one half of all diabetes cases occur in people older than 55 years of age. And, with its complications, diabetes is truly one of the worst diseases of our time.
The American Diabetes Association lists three major types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes – Results from the body’s failure to produce insulin, the hormone that “unlocks” the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes – Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Approximately 90-95% (16 million) have type 2 diabetes.
Pre-diabetes – Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person’s blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that at least 16 million Americans have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 17 million with diabetes.
How the Order of the Amaranth Helps Fight Diabetes?
In 1979, the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation was formally adopted and diabetes became the primary philanthropic project through which the Order of the Amaranth works for the betterment of mankind. The Order of the Amaranth has mobilized the efforts of its membership to prevent and cure diabetes and to help improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Thanks to the dedicated support of our members worldwide we have raised over $9 million in the fight against diabetes, of which the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has raised over $1 million.
Funds raised by the Order of the Amaranth support diabetes research through the Amaranth Diabetes Foundation. The American Diabetes Association reviews and selects the research scientists to be funded. Through this peer reviewed system, contributors are assured that their gifts support the most important diabetes research and that the research results are shared throughout the scientific community.
The Grand Court of Pennsylvania and the American Diabetes Research Foundation
In 2005, the Grand Court of Pennsylvania was pleased to learn that a research fellowship was awarded to Jeffrey David Zahn, PhD, Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine. He received a $138,000 award for his study on microneedle insertion actuators for minimally invasive insulin delivery to diabetic patients. His focus is clinical therapeutics/new technology; insulin delivery systems; glucose monitoring and sensing.
Please visit the American Diabetes Association for more details on current recipients of research grants.