Nov 14, 2017
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, yet many are not aware that they have the deadly disease—or that it may be stalking them.
Worldwide, about 366 million people (about 5.2 percent) have diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the situation is even worse in this country: About 9.3 percent (29 million people) have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported that in 2015 diabetes was the underlying cause on nearly 80,000 death certificates, and a contributing cause on over 172,000 others. Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
If the trend continues, the CDC predicts that one-third of Americans will have diabetes by 2050.
Costs associated with diabetes are just as daunting: To date, $176 billion was spent for direct medical costs, and reduced productivity has cost the U.S. economy another $69 billion. The affliction can lead to a number of other health issues, including foot problems, blindness, and kidney and heart disease.
The World Health Association and the International Diabetes Foundation established Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day in 1991. The event is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, and promotes…