With so many people having diabetes, you might be wondering how do people get diabetes. There are over 26 million people nationwide who are affected with diabetes, and another 79 million who don't know they have it. It is an ever-increasing disease.
So how do people get diabetes?
People cannot catch diabetes from others because diabetes is not contagious. However, according to research, certain factors can increase the risk of developing diabetes.
- Age: Young people get diabetes, but it is common in older people.
- Weight: People of average weight can get diabetes, but it is common in overweight people. That is not to say that all overweight people have diabetes.
- Sedentary people are at risk of getting diabetes.
Data from the World Health Organization’s Multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes indicate that type 1 diabetes is rare in most African, American Indian, and Asian populations. Some northern European countries, including Finland and Sweden, have high rates of type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes|
Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight, and occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, some Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanics/ Latinos.
Also, Hispanics/Latinos and other minority groups at increased risk make up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population.
National survey data indicates a range in the cases of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in 20 years or older:
- Age 20 years or older: 23.5 million, or 10.7 percent, of all people in this age group have diabetes.
- Age 60 years or older: 12.2 million, or 23.1 percent, of all people in this age group have diabetes.
- Men: 12.0 million, or 11.2 percent, of all men ages 20 years or older have diabetes.
- Women: 11.5 million, or 10.2 percent, of all women ages 20 years or older have diabetes.
- Non-Hispanic whites: 14.9 million, or 9.8 percent, of all non-Hispanic whites ages 20 years or older have diabetes.
- Non-Hispanic blacks: 3.7 million, or 14.7 percent, of all non-Hispanic blacks ages 20 years or older have diabetes.
- Diabetes prevalence in the United States is likely to increase for several reasons.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the number of Americans with diabetes continues to increase. Also, diabetes will affect one in three people in the United States. The CDC also projects that the number of diagnosed cases of diabetes in the United States will increase 165 percent by 2050.
The danger of diabetes is not only with the diabetes, but with diseases and complication that come from diabetes such as kidney failure, stoke, heart attack, blindness, and amputations.