American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and Eli Lilly and Company Offer Tips to Help People with Diabetes Plan for Disaster

Advance Preparation is Key Defense for Management of Chronic Disease During Emergencies

Monday, June 23, 2008 10:08 am EDT

Dateline:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & INDIANAPOLIS

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. & INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Natural disasters in 2008 have proved that hurricane season isnt the only time a person should be prepared for the worst. That is why the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and Eli Lilly and Company are urging people with diabetes to be ready in advance in the event disaster strikes.

Hurricane season, which began June 1, arrived in the midst of an already devastating year of natural disasters. Wildfires swept through Florida and California, floods struck Iowa, earthquakes hit China and Missouri and a record-breaking tornado season have all left millions without homes.

When people think about preparing for disasters, they dont necessarily think of earthquakes striking Missouri, AACE spokesperson Victor Roberts MD, MBA, FACP, FACE of Endocrine Associates of Florida said. "But events like that and the recent tragedy in Myanmar serve as a painful reminder that disaster will strike at a moments notice.

Diabetes affects more than 20 million people in the United States. The management of this disease requires daily medications which can make these individuals vulnerable when natural disasters strike. These events can upset daily routines and may leave citizens without access to their homes, health care professionals, medications and/or other medical supplies.

The chaos of a disaster can interfere with these daily routines and result in erratic eating and disrupted timing of medication doses. These disruptions, and the stress induced by a natural disaster, can both change blood sugar levels and potentially adversely affect the health of people with diabetes.

Taking the time to prepare a disaster kit in advance is crucial because once a storm or other emergency threatens, theres usually too little time to make all of the necessary arrangements," Dr. Roberts said.

And it appears there will be no clemency for the duration of the year. In addition to Hurricane season, the National Weather Service recently reported that 2008 has already been the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1998. Its also primed to break the U.S. record for the number of tornadoes in a single year. Read the complete story here.

To help diabetes patients prepare for disaster, AACE and Lilly have developed a list of helpful tips. These tips can be applied anywhere, whether in a hurricane region, tornado alley, an earthquake zone or elsewhere. A full list is available for download at www.aace.com.

Some of the preparatory activities include:

  • Make a list of all medical conditions and prior surgeries.
  • Document information about your diabetes, including past and present medications, any adverse reactions to medications, and past and present complications.
  • Make a list of all medications, which should also include pharmacies and active prescription information and eligible refills.
  • Prepare and properly store a 30-day supply of medications for diabetes and all other medical conditions. For those with diabetes, this may include insulin, oral anti-diabetic agents and a glucagon emergency kit (if prescribed by your physician).

About AACE

AACE is a professional medical organization with as many as 6,000 members in the United States and 84 other countries. Founded in 1991, AACE is dedicated to the optimal care of patients with endocrine problems. AACE initiatives inform the public about endocrine disorders. AACE also conducts continuing education programs for clinical endocrinologists, physicians whose advanced, specialized training enables them to be experts in the care of endocrine disease, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. For more information, visit www.aace.com.

About Lilly Diabetes

For more than 85 years, Lilly has been a worldwide leader in pioneering industry-leading solutions to support people living with and treating diabetes. Lilly introduced the worlds first commercial insulin in 1923, and remains at the forefront of medical and delivery device innovation to manage diabetes. Lilly is also committed to providing solutions beyond therapy -- practical tools, education and support programs to help overcome barriers to success along the diabetes journey. At Lilly, the journeys of each person living with or treating diabetes inspire ours. For more information, visit www.lillydiabetes.com.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers through medicines and information for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com.

REFERENCES

(1)The International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas. Available at: http://www.eatlas.idf.org/webdata/docs/PRCT_ATLAS_FINAL.doc

(2)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2005.pdf.

Contact:

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists,
Jacksonville
Bryan Campbell, 904-353-7878 Ext. 122
bcampbell@aace.com
or
Eli Lilly and Company
J. Scott MacGregor, Global Product Comm., Diabetes
1-317-651-1494 or 1-317-440-4699