Four times more people suffer from diabetes today than did in 1980. It is not only increasing in the US, but throughout the world – especially in lower and middle-income countries. While the actual causes of diabetes are varied, the rise is partly due to the increase in the number of overweight people – including those who are obese – and the widespread decrease in physical activity.
Diabetes of all types can lead to major complications including nerve damage, kidney failure, and foot and leg infections – often leading to the need for amputation. If you suffer from diabetes, you also have an increased risk of stroke or heart attack, increasing your risk of death. The good news is that many cases of type 2 diabetes can actually be prevented through regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding tobacco, and eating a balanced diet. If you are worried about your risk of developing diabetes, or a loved one has been diagnosed with the disease, understanding these diabetes statistics may be helpful.
- Approximately 422 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes.
- Over 30 million people in the US have diabetes – and as many as 1 in 4 don’t know that they suffer from the disease.
- Only 5% of diabetes cases are caused by type 1 diabetes.
- Diabetes is the number 1 cause of blindness in adults.
- In the last 20 years the number of people in the US diagnosed with diabetes has increased by 300%.
- Individuals with diabetes are two times as likely to develop heart disease as those without diabetes.
- Over 84 million US adults – more than 1/3 – have prediabetes. 90% of them don’t even know it.
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives are 2 times as likely as Caucasians to develop diabetes.
- 1/2 of African-American women and Hispanic men and women are predicted to develop diabetes.
- Diabetes is the number 1 cause of kidney failure, adult-onset blindness, and foot/leg amputations.
- The 7th major cause of death in the US is diabetes – and it’s suspected that it may actually be a more prominent cause of death due to undiagnosed diabetes cases.
Living with diabetes of pre-diabetes can be frightening, but with the proper care, it can be managed and you can life many healthy years. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes, take advantage of the many support resources available, and reach out to your family and friends for additional help.
The caring staff of Specialty Care Services offers in-home care, caregiver support services, and many personal care services that can make managing life with diabetes easier. Please reach out for more information today!