Diabetes is becoming more widespread in the United States each year. With an estimated 25.8 million people in the United States having diabetes, almost everyone knows at least one person who has this serious, lifelong condition. Fast Facts About Diabetes
– 18.8 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes – 7 million Americans with diabetes are undiagnosed (one-third of diabetics are undiagnosed) – More than 1 million new cases each year in people over the age of 20 in the US – 103 million Americans (1 in 3) are suffering from a pre-diabetic condition which could lead to diabetes – Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the US in 2012 was $245 billion – Average medical costs of people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than costs of non-diabetics – Diabetes was the 6th leading cause of death in the US in 1999 – Diabetes kills more people every year than AIDS or breast cancer – Greater than 450,000 deaths occur each year among people with diabetes aged 25 years and older – Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20-74 years old – Diabetes is the leading cause of treated end-stage renal disease – People with diabetes have the same cardiovascular risk as if they have already had a heart attack – Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates 2-4 times higher than adults without diabetes – Over 80,000 amputations are performed each year among people with diabetes – About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage
Everyone should be screened for diabetes!
Below is a list of some of the high-risk factors of diabetes: – Being more than 20% above your ideal body weight – Having a family member with diabetes – Having blood pressure at or above 140/90 mmHg – Having abnormal blood lipid levels (cholesterol) – Having abnormal glucose tolerance when tested for diabetes Do you know your status?