Type 2 Diabetes – How About These Diabetes Stats? – We all hear talk about diabetes in the news, or from people we know. It seems like so many more people are being diagnosed with diabetes these days. Type 2 diabetes is largely based on genetics and lifestyle factors, and the disease can actually be reversed in so many people by making healthy lifestyle choices. For instance:
eating a diet high in whole foods and limited processed foods,
along with the addition of regular exercise
can really change the life of a person who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
However, its important to know the statistics about Type 2 diabetes and how it is affecting our culture as a whole.
A whopping 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have Type 2 diabetes. This is 8.3% of the population. Out of that, 18.8 million people are diagnosed… while 7 million people remain undiagnosed. Obviously, this is a dangerous situation for people who don’t know they have this serious health issue and aren’t getting treatment for it. These people can end up going into a coma due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. It can also cause them to have life-threatening complications like stroke and heart disease.
Seventy nine million people in the United States also have pre-diabetes. These are the people who can really do something about their condition. By making lifestyle changes at the outset, before full-blown Type 2 diabetes develops, you can prevent getting a diabetes diagnosis.
Can you believe 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older every year? It might surprise you to know that such young people are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes since it was previously called adult onset diabetes. More and more children are developing this form of diabetes because of our poor eating habits in the United States. With fast food restaurants on every corner, it’s hard to get kids to want to eat a healthy diet these days. Add that to the fact so many children are not getting regular exercise and, instead, are sitting in front of television sets and video games… and you have a recipe for disaster.
So, do more men or women get diabetes? It’s pretty even across the board with about:
13 million men aged 20 years or older having diabetes in the United States, and about
12.6 million women.
Ethnicity does play a big role in the development of Type 2 diabetes. Certain ethnic groups to have a higher instance of diabetes including:
Asian Americans, and
There are complications that go hand-in-hand with diabetes and are important to note.
in 2004, heart disease was noted on 68% of diabetes related death certificates in people 65 or older.
other complications include: high blood pressure, kidney disease, neurological problems, blindness and amputation.