Diabetes Alert Day is a national campaign to raise awareness about the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is a national “wake-up call” – warning of the seriousness of diabetes and urgently stressing the importance of understanding your risk. Over time diabetes will have severe effects on your health if left untreated.
Nearly 1 in 5 people ages 18 or older are currently living with diabetes and are unaware they have it. That’s about 8.5 million people. More than 8 in 10 adults living with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
Here are some facts from the CDC:
- More than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
- 96 million US adults—over a third—have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 of them don’t know they have it.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States (this may be underreported).
- Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes; type 1 diabetes accounts for approximately 5-10%.
- In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.
- Medical costs and lost work and wages for people with diagnosed diabetes total $327 billion yearly.
- Medical costs for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people who don’t have diabetes.
Take a quick, 60-second test to learn if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes:
If you know or think you are at risk, make an appointment at CHC today to take back control of your health.
Learn more about the CDC’s diabetes risk factors.