TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Thousands of people gathered in downtown Tampa for the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. The annual event kicked off at the Amalie Arena. Participants made a trek down Bayshore Boulevard and back. There was a one-mile route and a 5k route.
The event raises money for diabetes research. Step Out takes place in 95 cities nationwide, with more than 100,000 walkers. It has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175 million, $24 million last year.
Millions of people are affected by diabetes. According to the ADA:
- In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
- Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.
- Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
- The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
- The incidence of diabetes in 2012 was 1.7 million new diagnoses/year; in 2010 it was 1.9 million.
- In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010.
- Diabetes remains the 7thleading cause of death in the United States in 2010, with 69,071 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 234,051 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Today’s walk featured people from a cross section of the community.
News Channel 8’s Rod Carter was once again emcee for today’s walk.