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    Diabetes Fast Facts

    Diabetes in the US

    • Diabetes is a growing public health epidemic affecting over 25.8 million Americans, and according to the American Diabetes Association, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.1
    • Approximately 79 million American adults had prediabetes in 2010, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, 7 million American adults have undiagnosed diabetes.1
    • Individuals living with type 2 diabetes, fueled by rising rates of obesity, account for nearly 90-95 percent of all diabetes cases.1

    Who is affected?

    • Diabetes disproportionately affects minority populations – African Americans and Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to develop diabetes over their lifetime – 11.8 percent of Hispanics and 12.6 percent of African Americans are living with diabetes compared to 7.1 percent of Caucasians.1
    • Diabetes affects older adults more frequently – approximately 10.9 million or 26.9 percent of Americans ages 65 or older had type 2 diabetes in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1

    Morbidity and Mortality

    • Overall, the risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age.1
    • In 2007, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death.1
    • About 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States develop gestational diabetes, and these women have a 35 to 60 percent chance of developing diabetes within 10 to 20 years.1
    • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.2

    Disease Costs

    • The U.S. spends approximately $174 billion in annual total costs for diagnosed diabetes with $116 billion in direct medical costs.1
    • 1 out of 3 Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes, with a high percentage attributed to tertiary illness caused by unmanaged or undermanaged diabetes.3

     

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    1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf

    2 American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Myths. Retrieved from http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/diabetes-myths/

    3 Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2011). Medicare Healthcare Support Overview. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/CCIP/

    Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. (2011). Medicare Healthcare Support Overview. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/CCIP/

     


     

    Did You Know?

    Fueled by rising rates of obesity, people with type 2 diabetes account for nearly 90-95 percent of all diabetes cases.2