November marks the annual observance of American Diabetes Month (ADM). Spearheaded by the American Diabetes Association, ADM is a time to raise awareness of diabetes, a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
- Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes
- Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050
The Toll on Health
- Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults
- The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes
- About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severeforms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems
Cost of Diabetes
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion
- 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications
- 1 in 5 health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes
To read more about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association website.
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