Diabetes Awareness

 

 

 

 

  • 23.6 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes
    • 7.8% of the U.S. population
    • Of these, 5.7 million do not know they have the disease
  • It is estimated that 57 million adults aged 20 and older have pre-diabetes
    • Pre-diabetes is a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Studies have shown that by losing weight and increasing physical activity people can prevent or delay pre-diabetes from progressing to diabetes
  • Approximately 72,0000 (6.8%) of Idaho adults are diagnosed with diabetes
  • Age 20 yrs or older
    • 20.6 million (9.6%) of people in this age group have diabetes
  • Age 60 yrs or older
    • 10.3 million (20.9%) of people in this age group have diabetes
  • Women
    • 9.7 million (8.8%) of all women age 20 yrs or older have diabetes
  • Children
    • Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That's 40 children per day
  • The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005-2007
  • The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion
    • Medical expenditures totaled $116 billion; $27 billion for diabetes care, $58 billion for chronic diabetes-related complications, and $31 billion for excess general medical cost
  • As many as 3 million Americans are estimated to suffer from Type 1 diabetes
  • Persons with diabetes aged 60 years or older are 2-3 times more likely to report an inability to walk one-quarter of a mile, climb stairs, do housework, or use a mobility aid compared with persons without diabetes in the same age group
  • Diabetic Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes and a leading cause of blindness
  • Periodontal (gum) disease is more common in people with diabetes. Among young adults, those with diabetes have about twice the risk of those without diabetes
  • People with diabetes are 2-4 times more likely to have heart disease or suffer a stroke than people without diabetes
  • Idahoans with diabetes were almost three times as likely to suffer from high blood pressure as Idahoans without diabetes
  • Adults with diabetes were almost twice as likely to have high cholesterol than adults without diabetes
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of new cases in 2005
  • In 2002, a total of 178,689 people with ESRD due to diabetes were living on chronic dialysis or with a kidney transplant
  • About 60% - 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage. The results of such damage include impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve problems
  • Severe forms of diabetic nerve disease are a major contributing cause of lower-extremity amputations
  • Almost 30% of people with diabetes aged 40 years or older have impaired sensation in the feet
  • The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes
  • More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes
  • Diabetes is a silent killer, many people first become aware that they have diabetes when they develop one of its life-threatening complications
  • Persons with poorly controlled diabetes (A1c > 9%) were nearly 3 times more likely to have severe periodontitis than those without diabetes
  • Poorly controlled diabetes before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy can cause major birth defects in 5% - 10% of pregnancies and spontaneous abortions in 15% - 20% of pregnancies
  • Uncontrolled diabetes often leads to biochemical imbalances that can cause acute life-threatening illnesses, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar (nonketotic) coma
  • People who actively manage their diabetes stay significantly healthier. Maintaining normal blood sugar prevents diabetes complications, which may include blindness, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and amputation Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year making diabetes the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age
     

 

 
 

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