An estimated 25.8 million Americans – 8.3 percent of the population – have diabetes. Of these, 18.8 million have been diagnosed and an estimated 7 million remain unaware of their condition. In 2011, 79 million American adults had a condition called pre-diabetes. This occurs when the blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be termed diabetes. The good news is that a diabetes diagnosis is not inevitable. Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay diabetes, and even bring their blood glucose levels back to normal.
ADDITIONAL DIABETES QUESTIONS
- It seems like so many people have diabetes today. What are the real numbers?
- I have type 2 diabetes. What are my own numbers that I should be aware of?
- If my blood glucose number is so important, how do I control it?
- It’s difficult to eat right when I travel. Do you have any suggestions?
- Now that I have diabetes, do I need to change the shoes I wear?
- How do I find a local support group that can help me learn to manage my disease?
- Why do so many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure?
Posted on April 17, 2012 by:
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