November is designated every year as National Diabetes Month. The goal is to make the public more aware of the serious nature of the disease, and how to detect and control it. When our bodies are unable to maintain a normal blood sugar level, many complications may follow, including kidney failure. The disease is also the leading cause of new cases of blindness. Diabetes in the U.S. is on the rise, and some public health experts even refer to it as an epidemic, fueled by our overweight and inactive lifestyle. One of the most vital tools in the fight against the ravages of diabetes is insulin. Insulin is one product of the nearly 1,200 establishments in the $135 billion per year business of manufacturing pharmaceuticals. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at <www.census.gov>.