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Logo: American Diabetes Month November 2009




Nearly 25 percent of the 24 million children and adults in the United States living with diabetes are unaware they have it.

Naomie Murray, 41, has lived with diabetes since she was nine years old. Today she is healthy, happy and living proof that diabetes can be successfully managed.

November is American Diabetes Month®
Every year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), uses this month to raise awareness of diabetes and the importance of prevention and control.

"If you take control of diabetes you can live a normal life," says Naomie. "With the help of classes and support at Virginia Mason, I took care of myself - it does make a difference. I've had diabetes for 32 years, and I've avoided complications because of what I've learned." Learning to manage the disease and avoid complications is crucial because people with uncontrolled diabetes can face a number of serious difficulties.

The Benaroya Diabetes Center at Virginia Mason offers comprehensive diabetes management programs for patients and their families at the Seattle Main Clinic and at clinics in Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood or Bainbridge Island. Since 1990, the diabetes center has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with national standards for diabetes patient education programs. The diabetes center is at the forefront of the diagnosis, management and treatment of diabetes, including incorporating insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors into the care plan for patients.

The diabetes center also offers diabetes education classes where participants learn how to support healthy habits and avoid common complications associated with diabetes. Classes are covered by Medicare and most other health plans. For more information about diabetes education classes, call (206) 583-6455 or (206) 223-6627. 

Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of diabetes:

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a specialist in diabetes education, call (206) 583-6455 or (206) 223-6627.

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