What are the Facts on Diabetes?
- Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
- Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
- New Cases: 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
- Prediabetes: In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010.
- Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading 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.
Are You at Risk for Diabetes?
Diabetes increases the risk for many conditions including for example:
- Heart Disease & Stroke
- Kidney Disease
- Eye Disease (retinopathy and macular degeneration)
- Nerve Pain (peripheral neuropathy)
- Sexual Dysfunction (erectile dysfunction)
Diabetes can and will affect every part of your everyday life. Do not be afraid to ask questions, continue researching on the internet or visit your library. Create and execute a life-changing and life-saving plan.