Diabetes affects 8.3% of the population. That’s 25.8 million people.
7 million people are undiagnosed, while 18.8 million are diagnosed.
Diabetes Age Statistics:
U.S. residents over 65: 10.9 million
U.S. residents under 20: 215,000
Total U.S. residents over 20: 25.6 million
12% use only insulin
58% use only oral medication
14% use insulin and oral medication
16% use no medication
Preventative steps can be taken to avoid potential complications from diabetes.
Glucose Control: Lowering average blood sugar percentages can result in 40% less eye, kidney and nerve disease complications
Blood Pressure Control: Blood pressure control reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) among people with diabetes by 33% to 50%
Blood Lipid Control: Improved control of LDL cholesterol can reduce cardiovascular complications by 20% to 50%
Eyes and Kidneys: Laser therapy reduces severe vision loss by 50-60% and lowering blood pressure can reduce the decline in kidney function by 30-70%
Uncontrolled diabetes can often result in many associated complications.
68% of diabetes-related deaths had heart disease as a factor
28.5% of people with diabetes over 40 had damage to their retina
44% of all new cases of kidney failure are related to diabetes
60-70% of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage
60% or more of non-traumatic lower limb amputations involved diabetes