According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC), the number of people diagnosed with diabetes /prediabetes continues to grow at an alarming rate. As of June, 2014, it is estimated there are now 29.1 million diabetics in the United States and 86 million prediabetic Americans. This means that approximately one out of eleven people is diabetic, and one out of every three people is prediabetic. Untreated diabetes places people at a higher risk for serious health complications.
The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50 percent higher than adults without diabetes. In addition, medical costs for people with diabetes are often twice as high when compared to those without diabetes. Early treatment and continued health management are key to living with this chronic disease condition.
Without treatment, it is estimated that 15-30 % of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. Currently, $245 billion dollars are spent on medical care as well as lost work and lost wages. Yet, there are simple ways to reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your overall health in the meantime. Healthier eating habits, Increasing daily activity, and losing excessive body weight will all lower your risk of diabetes.
For more information on living a healthier lifestyle and lowering your risk of diabetes, check out the CDC website for information on prevention, risk reduction and take the prediabetes risk quiz. Knowledge is power and diabetes is indeed a chronic, yet manageable disease process. Stay healthy!