Fewer cases of diabetes are being reported in recent years. However, the epidemic is not over!!

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The number of new diabetes cases being reported has declined for the fifth year straight. After decades of increases, this is a positive sign according to health care professionals. In 2014, 1.4 million people were diagnosed with diabetes, which is down from 1.7 million new cases reported in 2009. While the statistics are great news, they don’t mean the epidemic has ended.

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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.

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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.

Undiagnosed Cases

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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A new iPhone application lets you track your fitness & health from your phone, perfect for someone with diabetes to gain more control over their health

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Did you know that the new IOS 8 software for iPhone includes a health application that allows you to track your health and fitness data? The Health App is a brand new way to approach health and fitness tracking and has many capabilities that add value to someone living with diabetes.

Overview and Capabilities

The new app allows you to track important milestone health and fitness activities including work-outs, meals eaten and more. It also has integrations with several other health and fitness apps allowing you to have easy access to multiple types of data including your heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar and cholesterol. It’s the beginning of a health revolution – all your health data in one place giving you a clear and concise overview of your current well-being. The app also allows you to create an emergency card with important health information. This can be extremely helpful for those with diabetes. If you suddenly have an emergency, those around you can determine, 1) you have diabetes, and 2) get a quick snapshot of your current health status with the app.

In addition, with HealthKit, developers can make new apps even more useful by allowing them to access your health data. When your health and fitness apps work together, they become more powerful giving you peace of mind and more control over your own health.

Privacy Policy

You have complete control over what information you want shared from the app. For example, you can allow the data from your cholesterol app to be automatically shared with your doctor or not shared at all. Apple promises that when your phone is locked with a passcode or Touch ID, all of your health and fitness data in the Health app is encrypted so you don’t have to worry about information you don’t want shared being leaked. You can also back up all of your health data to the iCloud.

While new technology can sometimes seem overwhelming, it can also be extremely helpful, in this case letting you track important information with convenience and easy accessibility. If you have diabetes, information such as last insulin intake, what to do in a diabetes emergency and more will be at your fingertips.

If you have questions regarding diabetes, diabetes supplies or insulin pumps, contact the experts today at Focus Express Mail Pharmacy at 1-866-403-6287. They are ready and able to answer your questions!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The A1c  test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the previous 3 months. The A1c test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1c test is the primary test used for diabetes management and diabetes research.
 
According to the Mayo Clinic, a normal A1c level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent for someone who does not have diabetes. On the other hand, someone who’s had uncontrolled diabetes for a long time might have an A1C level above 8 percent.

When the A1c test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1c level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates you have diabetes. A result between 5.7 and 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, which indicates a high risk of developing diabetes.

For most people who have previously diagnosed diabetes, an A1c  level of 7 percent or less is a common treatment target. But, remember, the higher your A1c level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.

Here’s how the A1c level corresponds to average blood sugar level, in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) and millimoles per liter (mmol/L):

A1c level Estimated average blood sugar level
5 percent 97 mg/dL (5.4 mmol/L)
6 percent 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L)
7 percent 154 mg/dL (8.5 mmol/L)
8 percent 183 mg/dL (10.2 mmol/L)
9 percent 212 mg/dL (11.8 mmol/L)
10 percent 240 mg/dL (13.3 mmol/L)
11 percent 269 mg/dL (14.9 mmol/L)
12 percent 298 mg/dL (16.5 mmol/L)
13 percent 326 mg/dL (18.1 mmol/L)
14 percent 355 mg/dL (19.7 mmol/L)

From U.S. News & World Report

Top-Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Diabetes & Endocrinology

"The top 50 centers for children with serious diabetes or endocrine disorders were recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Management of diabetes, overall infection prevention, and a range of diabetes treatment options are among the factors that made up 75 percent of a hospital’s score. Most of the data came from a U.S. News survey of children’s hospitals. The other 25 percent reflects how many of 450 pediatric diabetes specialists surveyed in 2009, 2010, and 2011 recommended the hospital."

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A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies 15 states in the US that make up the Diabetes Belt.

The study concludes that about 12 per cent of the people living in the “belt” have diabetes as opposed to 8.5 percent "outside the belt."The CDC’s  Lawrence E. Barker stated that a major contributor to the disease may be the culture and variations in preference of people’s diets.In the diabetes belt, almost 23.8% of the population comprised non-Hispanic African-Americans, whereas it was 8.6% for the rest of the nation. The region had more adults aged 65 and over and a greater number of African-American residents, a group, which is at a higher risk for diabetes.

Do you live in the "Diabetes Belt"?

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In a study in the December issue of Diabetes Care, the number of  people with Diabetes is predicted to almost double to 44.1 million people by 2034. And, at the same time, the cost of treating people with Diabetes will triple to $336 million dollars!

Factors driving the increase in diabetes cases include the aging population and continued high rates of obesity, both of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes, Additionally, more and more people will live with Diabetes for a longer period of time, thus increasing the length of treatment as well as the serious complications that Diabetes can cause. 

"The prevalence of arthritis is astoundingly high in people with diabetes," said Dr. John H. Klippel, president and CEO of the Arthritis Foundation. "Over half the people with diabetes have arthritis."
Although there appears to be a connection between arthritis and diabetes, the reason for it isn’t known, Klippel said. A possible explanation is obesity, which is a risk factor for both osteoarthritis and diabetes, he speculated.

Maybe the REAL reason is that most people with diabetes are over 40 years old and would have arthritis anyway! The overall population is getting older, the "Baby Boomers" are getting older, and, the average age in this country is going up because we are all living longer! Check out these statistics that prove me right.

According to information from Steven Reinberg of HealthDayNews: "With two-thirds of U.S. adults overweight or obese, the number of people with type 2 diabetes continues to rise while their ages at the time of diagnosis drops, a new study finds. In the late 1980s and early ’90s, the average age of an adult diagnosed with type 2 diabetes was 52, but now people are being diagnosed in their middle 40s. " And, according to a graph from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC), in 2005 there were 1.5 million people over the age of 20 diagnosed with diabetes." But, almost all, 1.3 million people, were over the age of 40!  Now, 3 years later, the number of Type 2 is increasing dramatically. There are many more type 2 adult diabetics in the diabetes population than Type 1 insulin dependent diabetes.

According to Arthritis Pain Self Help, there are 16 million sufferers of various forms of arthritis in the US, 8 million in the UK and 3 million in Australia, with an average age of 45, that are using arthritis drugs and pain relievers.

So, I have to conclude that it is purely coincidental that most diabetics have arthritis. I would love to see what the average age was of the people in the Arthritis-Diabetes Study. I bet they were over 40. It would be interesting to find out.

In a project described in the March/April Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, employers in 10 U.S. cities agreed to waive copays for employees’ diabetes meds, and to fund regular meetings between pharmacists and diabetic employees. A year after the project launched, 914 patients who had been enrolled for at least three months ….MORE

In a given day:

  • 4000 new cases of diabetes will be diagnosed.
  • 600 people will die from diabetes complications.
  • 200 people will undergo an amputation due to diabetes.
  • 100 cases of kidney failure will occur due to diabetes

These statistics were grimly uttered by Ann Albright, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Additionally, she said that "of the children born in America in 2000, one in three will develop diabetes in their lifetime."

In addition, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are 21 million people in the United States who are diagnosed with diabetes and if something dramatic does not occur in the next 20 years, this number will double! The costs for diabetes will exceed $174 billion dollars in 2008.

  • $116 million on medical expenditures
  • $58 million on reduced national productivity

"We are spending $174 billion dollars each year on diabetes, just imagine what that will be like when the number of diabetics double" says former Acting US Surgeon General Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu.

The ADA further states that "individuals with diabetes have medical expenditures at about 2.3 times higher than those without diabetes. The average cost incurred among individuals with diabetes is $11,744 per year with $5,649 attributed directly to diabetes."

This has gone from being a serious problem to one that will soon affect every person in this country! Why you ask? Here’s why:

  • Insurance companies will be paying more for medical costs which will raise EVERYONE’S insurance premiums.
  • There will be lower productivity in the workplace which will hurt these same employers who will be paying the higher premiums.
  • There will be reduced earnings for individuals and families.
  • There will be higher taxes for us all as a portion of the burden of increased health care costs will affect the government and guess who has to pay for that?
  • All of this combined means a lower quality and standard of living.

These statistics do not lie. They’re getting worse every day. Something has to be done NOW to help everyone who has diabetes but even more let’s do all we can, as individuals,  to PREVENT diabetes (Type II)  from occurring in ourselves, our families, and our friends.