Diabetes Statistics and What You Can Do to Help

Did you know that more than 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, which is 7.8% of the population, has diabetes? According to the last set of data from the American Diabetes Association, nearly 6 million of these people go undiagnosed, and 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 and older each year.

Am I at risk for heart disease or stroke if I go undiagnosed or do not follow diabetes treatments?

Yes, absolutely! There are numerous health complications due to people who do not screen or follow treatment options. Heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes-related death certificates among people aged 65 or older, and strokes were noted on 16% of the same class of people. In fact, heart disease deaths and stroke deaths are known to occur in approximately 2-4 times higher than adults without diabetes.

What other types of illnesses or complications can arise?

There are numerous health conditions that can occur from not following treatments. These include; high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease (Neuropathy), and amputation.

What can I do to help myself and others.

A diet and exercise plan is helpful, as is getting screened. It is better to know if you have diabetes then to not know it. There are treatment options available that can help prevent the conditions covered above. The ADA supports research aimed at preventing, treating and curing diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with this disease and want to take part in finding alternative treatments and possibly a cure, taking part in a diabetes clinical trial is a great way to do it. You can even be reimbursed for your time.