NEW YORK—On October 31, President Biden released a statement declaring November 2022 as National Diabetes Month. In the statement, the President said, “Over 10 percent of Americans have Type 1, Type 2, or gestational diabetes, and tens of millions more remain at risk of developing this chronic condition… 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 this disease.”

Diabetes and its care has been front page news for years now, especially with the debate over the price of lifesaving insulin. And, of course, it is always top of mind for those in the eyecare industry—especially ECPs, who are often a patient’s first line of defense against the disease. 

There’s still time left in the month of November for ECPs all across the country to get involved in National Diabetes Month. This week, we’re taking a look at some social media posts from ECPs and organizations who’ve already stepped up. 

Nonprofit ECN Purpose shared a list of tips to help those with diabetes to protect their health and prevent eye diseases related to diabetes. Image via ecnpurpose on Instagram

In Brazil, Indiana, the EyeCare Specialists Team shared some must-know information about diabetes-related eye diseases. Image via eyecarespecialistsbrazilin on Instagram

The team at Salisbury Eyecare And Eyewear in Salisbury, North Carolina, explained how a routine eye exam can help detect diabetes. Image via salisburyeyecareandeyewear on Instagram

Huntley, Illinois-based Huntley Eye Care presented some important information on World Diabetes Day (November 14) about diabetes and the eyes. Image via huntleyeyecare on Instagram

Truffles the Kitty, the star of the show at A Child’s Eyes in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, marked World Sight Day with blue glasses and her human, who has Type 1 diabetes. Image via truffles_the_kitty on Instagram