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
  • Overweight
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • African Americans, Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders and Native Americans
  • Low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides