By Meagan Ennis, RN, Oxford’s Diabetes and Neurology Coordinator

Some things you might not know about Diabetes:

  • According to the American Diabetes Association, 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and 21 million of those people are undiagnosed.
  • Another 86 million people have pre-diabetes, with only 11% of that population having been told they have this disease.
  • Every year another 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed.
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, and it can lead to many complications, including blindness, kidney disease, amputation of limbs, stroke and heart attack.
  • Diabetes costs Americans $245 billion annually. Direct medical costs account for $176 billion, and another $69 billion is lost through decreased productivity.

On Saturday October 1, 2016, the American Diabetes Association chapter located in Springfield, Missouri will be hosting Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. This is the 25th year for this walk for the ADA. Its mission is to provide vital information, resources, and opportunities for those diagnosed with Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, or pre-diabetes.

Whether you are battling this disease, have a loved one who is fighting or know anyone dealing with Diabetes, we at Oxford HealthCare encourage you to come join the fun.

Help make this the year we STOP Diabetes!!!

For more information please visit or call 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).