Facts about Diabetes and the Importance of Diabetes Management

The facts are clear: Diabetes is a widespread condition that can lead to serious complications if it is not properly diagnosed and managed. The following are facts adapted from the 2011 National Diabetes Worksheet:

  • Approximately 8.3 percent of the US population, or 25.8 million adults and children are affected by diabetes
  • 79 million people in the US have prediabetes
  • Diabetes contributed to more than 230,000 deaths in 2007
  • Sixty percent of nontraumatic lower limb amputations are due to diabetes
  • Heart disease death rates are two to four times higher in diabetics
  • Having diabetes puts someone at a two-to-four times higher risk for stroke
  • Sixty-seven percent of diabetics report high blood pressure or are on medications for hypertension
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in those ages 20 to 74
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
  • Sixty to 70 percent of diabetics have mild to severe nervous system damage

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