Diabetes and Precursor for Diabetes Affects 100 Million Americans

Nearly a third of Americans have diabetes or a precursor condition for it (pre-diabetes), a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report says. The study is released every two years and has elevated diabetes to the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015.

The CDC report, the National Diabetes Statistics Report, describes diabetes as a "growing health problem" in the United States. About 9.4 percent of the U.S. population, or 30.3 million people, have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes.

Many people are unaware of their potentially diabetic condition.

Nearly one in four adults living with diabetes in the U.S. are unaware that they are diabetic, the report states. Fully 88 percent of the adults with prediabetes were unaware that they had that condition. This means that many of those with diabetes and most prediabetics are doing nothing to treat their condition.

The most affected age group of diabetics, the report states, are seniors. One in four adults over the age of 65 have diabetes. Ethnic breakdowns found that American Indians/Alaskan Natives have a diabetic rate of 15.1 percent, African-Americans a 12.7 percent rate, and Hispanics a 12.1 percent rate. Asians have an 8 percent rate and Whites a 7.4 percent diabetic rate. The most diabetics, by percentage of population, are found in the American south and Appalachian areas.

Source: Medicalxpress.com

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