November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes is one of the top 10 causes of death in this country, affecting 34.2 million Americans each year, including more than 800,000 Illinois residents. Those numbers are magnified in the UI Health service area, particularly among the African American and Hispanic populations.

Dr. Brian Layden is the Division Chief for Endocrinology at UI Health and the College of Medicine, leading a team of clinicians, care providers and scientists who primarily focus on diabetes. Watch his video message about an innovative Emergency Room-based screening program that identifies an average of 300 patients per month with pre-diabetes or diabetes and curbing the path of this disease in our most affected communities.

After watching the video, please consider joining this effort with a gift to the UIC Comprehensive Diabetes Center. Click this link and type or copy/paste “UIC Comprehensive Diabetes Fund (#339173)” in the fund name box. Your gift will impact thousands of patients, helping them live longer, healthier lives through earlier diagnosis and management of their diabetes.