Diabetes in America: Disturbing numbers on a raise
The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recently reported that more than 29 million American adults have diabetes, but what could be more alarming is that 25% of that population is unaware of their condition. Their recent report on diabetes in America showed a big increase from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million in 2014. That isn’t the only alarming number, 86 million American adults are showing blood sugar results that mark them with pre-diabetes.
This data is not only alarming doctors but the authorities behind the decision-making in medical care. According to Ann Albright from the Diabetes division at the CDC recently said in an interview for NBC News, “Diabetes in America is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.” This important organization gets these survey results from a national sample of citizens who were consulted on whether they had been diagnosed with diabetes and who provided blood samples. The vast majority of those studied have type 2 diabetes caused by lack of exercise and poor diet. This report also showed an increase of $71 billion from the $174 billion reported in 2010 spent in medical costs, lost work and wages.
Diabetes is a disease that happens when the body doesn’t process the blood sugar properly and high glucose levels damages tiny blood vessels affecting important organs such as the heart and kidney along with other serious side effects as blindness, strokes and unfortunate outcomes like amputations of toes, feet and legs. Per the American Diabetes Association, in a year diabetes is the cause of death for more than 71,000 people.
Even a famous face is part of that number of diabetes in America, Tom Hanks was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The weight changes he endured in some of his iconic movie roles took a toll on him, causing a pre diabetes since he was 36 years old, however on October last year he announced on The Late Show with David Letterman show that his doctor said he “graduated” to type 2 diabetes.
A change of lifestyle and a decent medical care and the right diabetes supplies can help maintain type 2 diabetes at bay and prevent any complications, however it is a lifelong commitment to fight diabetes in America.