March 27th is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. It's a one-day "wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How prevalent is diabetes in the US? The American Diabetes Association estimates nearly 26 million Americans, or 8% of our population, has diabetes.
Here are some other eye-opening statistics:
• People with pre-diabetes conditions account for another 79 million people
• 1 in 400 children have diabetes
• Nearly 27% of seniors 65 and older have diabetes
• Diabetes cost the US $174 Billion in direct and indirect medical expenses in 2007
And, there’s even more information about the prevalence, prevention, statistics and impact on your health when you view the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet from the CDC.
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• National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011
• Diabetes and Me (CDC)
• Diabetes Risk Test
• American Diabetes Association
• Symptoms, causes, prevention (NIH)