Most Americans have certainly heard about diabetes, but many are in the dark when it comes to the details. In honor of American Diabetes Month, we’re bringing to light some facts that you might not know about this terrible disease.
Diabetes is More Common Than You Think
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, or 8.3% of the population. In addition, another 70 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the near future.
If that isn’t scary enough, recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
The Toll on Health
While most people know that diabetes requires insulin shots and limited sugar intake, there are other side effects that are far worse, even lethal. In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. In addition, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness among adults.
About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that can result in pain in their feet or hands, slow digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than those without.
How to Prevent Diabetes
The best way to prevent diabetes is through a healthy lifestyle. Eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are are key factors in prevention.
You can learn more information about Diabetes at www.diabetes.org or you can ask your provider at your next visit. Ask about your risk factors and how you can manage symptoms with your lifestyle choices with Blue Sky MD.