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Q: What are the statistics on diabetes?

Posted February 04, 2015 in Adel, Advice Column

A: Do you pay attention to health news? If so, you may know that the diabetes epidemic is enormous! But there could be a surprise or two for you in the numbers below.

Nearly 1 in 10. That’s how many people have diabetes in the United States.

5.4 percent. Fortunately, the number of new diabetes cases fell an average of 5.4 percent between 2008 and 2012.

8.1 million. Could you be one of the 8.1 million Americans who has diabetes but doesn’t know it? Diabetes may sneak up on you in the form of pre-diabetes. It causes high blood sugar and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. That’s when your body doesn’t use the hormone insulin the right way. Lifestyle changes that increase activity and take off extra weight can often prevent pre-diabetes from becoming full-blown diabetes.

Over 45. Clearly, lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. They can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. That’s why a U.S. task force now recommends that every American over age 45 be screened for both pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

245 billion. That’s how much money people spent on diabetes medical care in 2012. Those with diabetes, on average, spend more than twice that of people without the condition.

Seventh.  According to the CDC, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2010.

Together, let’s make sure this statistic doesn’t include you.

Information provided by Jane Clausen, Adel Health Mart, 113 N. Ninth St., 993-3644.

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