One significant financial hurdle that confronts diabetics and others with pre-existing medical conditions is the likelihood that they will have to pay far more for their health and life insurance premiums based on factors like lower life expectancy and greater likelihood of needing emergency care.
Diabetes rates have skyrocketed nationwide because of factors like sedentary lifestyles and poor diet choices - which means that more people than ever are dealing with higher costs for their insurance needs.
Fortunately, researchers are continuing to make progress as they search for a cure for diabetes. In fact, there are even plans for a type 1 diabetes vaccine to hit the market as early as 2012 - which would be a game-changer for future generations of people at risk for the disease.
However, type 2 diabetes, formerly known as "adult onset diabetes" before it became so much more common among children, can often be prevented simply by following a healthy lifestyle.
With these things in mind, the American Diabetes Association has announced that its annual Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes event will be held in more than 140 cities across America this year to help raise funds to continue seeking a cure.