Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases and affects every part of the body. Roughly 27 million people are effected with another 87 million pre-diabetic. Learn about the disease and how to improve your life.
Top Diabetes Books
- Jason Fung
- Publisher: Greystone Books
- Edition no. 1 (04/03/2018)
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Little Brown and Company
- Richard K. Bernstein
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Edition no. 0 (11/01/2011)
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Adam Brown
- Publisher: The diaTribe Foundation
- Edition no. 1 (05/09/2017)
- Paperback: 250 pages
- Joel Fuhrman
- Kindle Edition
- Edition no. 0 (12/26/2012)
- Neal Barnard M.D.
- Publisher: Rodale Books
- Edition no. 0 (02/27/2018)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- What Do I Eat Now A Step By Step Guide to Eating Right with Type 2 Diabetes
- Patti B. Geil R.D., Tami A. Ross R.D.
- Publisher: American Diabetes Association
- Edition no. 2 (10/13/2015)
- Paperback: 136 pages
- For Dummies
- Alan L. Rubin
- Publisher: For Dummies
- Edition no. 5 (08/31/2015)
- Paperback: 432 pages
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- American Diabetes Association
- Publisher: American Diabetes Association
- Edition no. 5 (06/01/2011)
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Eric Whitfield
- Publisher: Independently published
- Paperback: 119 pages
Diabetes in America
100+ million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes
The report confirms that the rate of new diabetes diagnoses remains steady. However, the disease continues to represent a growing health concern: Diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2015. The report also includes county level data for the 1st, and shows that some areas of the country are affected more than others.
“Although these findings reveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “More than a third of U.S. adults have pre-diabetes, and the majority don’t know it. Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease.”
Diabetes is a serious disease that may be managed through physical activity, diet and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.
The National Diabetes Statistics Report, released approximately every 2 years, provides information on diabetes prevalence and incidence, pre-diabetes, risk factors for complications, acute and long-term complications, mortality, and costs in the USA.
Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report
- In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among people ages 18 and older.
- Nearly 1/4 of adults living with diabetes – 7.2 million Americans – don’t know they had the condition. Only 11.6% of adults with pre-diabetes knew they had it.
- Rates of diagnosed diabetes increased with age. Among adults ages 18 to 44, 4% had diabetes. Among those ages 45 to 64 years, 17% had diabetes. And among those ages 65 years and older, 25% had diabetes.
Rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher among American Indians / Alaska Natives 15.1%, non-Hispanic blacks 12.7% and Hispanics 12.1%, compared to Asians (8.0 percent) and non-Hispanic whites (7.4 percent).
Other differences include:
- Diabetes prevalence varied significantly by education. Among USA adults with less than a high school education, 12.6% had diabetes. Among those with a high school education, 9.5% had diabetes; and among those with more than a high school education, 7.2% had diabetes.
- More men 36.6% had pre-diabetes than women 29.3%. Rates were similar among women and men across racial/ethnic groups or educational levels.
- The southern and Appalachian areas of the United States had the highest rates of diagnosed diabetes and of new diabetes cases.
“Consistent with previous trends, our research shows that diabetes cases are still increasing, although not as quickly as in previous years,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is a contributing factor to so many other serious health conditions. By addressing diabetes, we limit other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney diseases, and vision loss.”
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