Thursday, November 6, 2014

November Is Diabetes Awareness Month




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention June 2014 Diabetes Report indicates that people with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death. Prevention efforts nationwide are crucial to combat serious health risks.

Diabetes: Twenty-nine million people in the U.S. have diabetes aged 20 years or older (12.3% of the adult population), and 1 in 4 do not know it. This number has increased from 26 million in 2010. In 2012 alone, 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes and 208,000 people younger than 20 years have diabetes (type 1 or type 2).

Pre-diabetes: Eighty-six million people—more than 1 out of 3 people—aged 20 years and older have pre-diabetes. The percentage of U.S. adults with pre-diabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35%), non-Hispanic blacks (39%), and Hispanics (38%). Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of people with pre-diabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Cost: Diabetes and its related complications account for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages. This figure is up from $174 billion in 2010.

People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.

(Center For Disease Control, June 2014 Diabetes Report)

GOOD NEWS - PREVENTION!!!!
The good news is that persons with pre-diabetes who lose only 5%-7% of their body weight and get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week can reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by more than 50%

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