Learn surprising diabetes statistics regarding the prevalence and growth of diabetes and what you can do to learn more if you are diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is life changing. When you are first diagnosed, the amount of information you have to learn can sometimes be overwhelming. It may feel like in order to responsibly manage your diabetes, you need to get a Master’s in Endocrinology. That, of course, isn’t the case, but there is a lot to learn. If you’re reading this, you know at least a thing or two about diabetes, but how much do you know?
Growth in Diabetes
Because those with diabetes often manage it in private, diabetes sufferers may be more common than you think. In 2010, there were 25.8 million individuals with diabetes in the United States. As of 2012, however, there were 29.1 million – meaning that about one in eleven individuals in the US have diabetes. That’s a staggering 12.8% increase in just two years.
If you have diabetes, you know the importance of closely managing your blood sugar. Consistently mismanaging it has a serious negative impact on your life. Imagine if you couldn’t manage your diabetes well because you never even knew you had it. That’s the situation with over 8 million people in the United States. While 29.1 million have diabetes, only 21 million are diagnosed. This is a worrying statistic for the health of the population of the United States.
Ethnicity and Diabetes
Did you know that ethnicity can be an indication of the likelihood of a diabetes diagnosis? The following are the rates of diagnosed diabetes by ethnic background:
- 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites
- 9.0% of Asian Americans
- 12.8% of Hispanics
- 13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks
- 15.9% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives
Diabetes and Death Rates
In case you needed a reminder why careful control of your diabetes is so important, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the Untied States in 2010. Effective management of your blood sugar is an essential part to your ability to lead a long, healthy life.
What You Can Do
By being educated on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, eliminating smoking, and visiting your physician on a regular basis for health check-ups can help reduce your chance of developing Type II diabetes.
If you already have diabetes, it is especially important to work closely with your healthcare team.
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