Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of your body. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.”

According to the CDC: Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

That is why it is so important for 9-1-1 and first responders to know that a person may have diabetes and how to effectively treat them immediately.  Individuals with diabetes can make 9-1-1 aware of their condition in their Smart911 Safety Profile, so if they dial 9-1-1 and cannot effectively communicate, dispatchers will know:

  • Who they are including a photo
  • Their home address, work/school address and current location
  • Medical notes including diabetes, insulin, other medications and allergies
  • Emergency contacts

This information can save valuable time as 9-1-1 can dispatch response teams to the correct location with more information.


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