Learn More About Diabetes
Facts and Figures about Diabetes
- Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the United States.
- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in this country.
- 15-30% of patients with pre-diabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years if they do not lose weight and exercise moderately.
- 29.1 million Americans have diabetes.
- 8.1 million people in America have diabetes and don't know they have it.
- Diabetes and its associated health problems cost $245 billion dollars annually.
- Cardiovascular Disease death rates are 1.7 times higher with individuals who have diabetes and hospitalizations for strokes are 1.5 times higher in people with diabetes.
- In 2005-2008, 28.5% of diabetes adults over the age of 40 had diabetes retinopathy which may cause loss of vision.
- More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
- Diabetes can be diagnosed through a simple blood sugar test. Ask your physician to perform one soon.
Signs and symptoms of Diabetes
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Dramatic, unexplained weight loss
- Tingling in toes or feet
- Wounds seem to be very slow in healing
- Extremely and chronically fatigued
Risk factors for developing Diabetes
- A parent or family member with diabetes
- Women who have given birth to babies weighing more than nine pounds or have a history of gestational diabetes
- Increasing age
- Inactive lifestyle
- African Americans, Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans
- Low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides