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American Diabetes Month 2015 - Day 6: Statistics

Day 6, 20% through the month and hopefully these posts have been helpful to you all.

Today, I want to talk about some of the statistics with Diabetes.

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and roughly 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.  This 1.7 million equates to one person every 19 seconds, or 4,660 diagnoses per day.  Diabetes costs the US a lot of money as well, 1 in 5 health care dollars are spent caring for people with diabetes and 1 in 10 health care dollars are spent treating diabetes and its complications.

Despite what many will tell you, diabetes is a real problem.  Diabetes affects 9.3% of the American population, but can impact the lives of so many people.  Around 11.1% of Americans are considered prediabetic, so in the long run diabetes may affect up to 20% of the American population which means that around 1 in 5 people could currently or in the future be affected by diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease that will affect people forever, it's a life-long disease, it's impactful on lifestyle changes, and causes a lot of things to change, mostly daily activities.  There are loads of resources for people who are looking for more information, check out the American Diabetes Association website.  There is a lot of information about diabetes and statistics there.


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