Almost 10% of US Adults Have Diabetes, 1 in 4 Is Unaware, Says CDC
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014 12:00 AM

At least 29 million people in the United States — about 9% of the population — now have diabetes, and 1 in 4 does not know it, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That figure, based on 2012 data, represents an increase of 3 million since 2010.

Among the report's other findings:

  • In 2012 alone, 1.7 million people age 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Also in 2012, 208,000 people younger than age 20 had diabetes (types 1 and 2 combined).

  • Age-adjusted percentages of people aged 20 and older with diagnosed diabetes were 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites, 9.0% of Asian-Americans, 12.8% of Hispanics, 13.2% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 15.9% of American Indians/Alaska Natives.

  • More than 1 in 3 people aged 20 years or older, totaling 86 million, have prediabetes.

  • Diabetes and its related complications account for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages, a jump from $174 billion in 2010.

If these numbers continue to rise, 1 in 5 people could have diabetes by the year 2025, and it could be 1 in 3 people by the year 2050. We simply can't sustain this trajectory.

Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf