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Facts About Diabetes

By Nina Nazor

The continued rise in the number of people with diabetes in the United States is alarming. Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes: most of them type 2. This represents about 7 percent of the population and more than 6 million of these people do not know they have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC also reports that another 41 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that is developed before type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a leading cause of adult blindness, lower-limb amputation, kidney disease and nerve damage. Also, two-thirds of people with diabetes die from heart disease.

Know your facts

·  Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

·  In 2005, 1.5 million people aged 20 years or older will be newly diagnosed with diabetes.

·  Compared to non-Hispanic whites, diabetes continues to be more common (1.7 to 2.2 times more common) among American Indians and Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanic/Latino Americans, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

·  The risk of diabetes increases with age. About 21 percent of Americans aged 60 years or older have diabetes. This compares to approximately 2 percent for people 20 to 39 years old and about 10 percent for those aged 40-59 years.

·  The United States spends approximately $132 billion each year on diabetes – $92 billion in direct medical costs and another $40 billion each year in indirect costs because of missed workdays or other losses in productivity.

What you should know about diabetes

·  What is Diabetes?

·  How to Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

·  Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes

·  Children and Type 2 Diabetes

·  Tight Control to Prevent Complications

·  Diabetes Complications Overview

Source: The 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet