Dean Richard Streiffer, MD, was pinned on World Diabetes Day Nov. 13, 2012, to help raise awareness about the disease. He received a round blue pin, the global symbol for diabetes, from Ethan Sales, a University of Alabama pre-medical student majoring in Biology and vice president of the University organization DiET (Diabetes Education Team).
Diabetes affects 25.8 million people nationwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Approximately 1.9 million American adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010; in Alabama, one in nine people were diagnosed with the disease.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and a leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputation and new cases of blindness, according to the CDC.
The annual World Diabetes Day was established by the International Diabetes Federation to increase awareness about the disease.