Updated: Apr 27
With over 37 million people in the United States diagnosed with diabetes, and 1 out of 5 not knowing they have it; it becomes important to obtain some basic knowledge about diabetes.
It is important to understand that 96 million adults in the United States, which is over one-third of the population has prediabetes and 80% of them do not know they have it. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death and that is only from reported cases. Type 2 diabetes accounts for approximately 90-95% of all diagnosed cases while Type 1 accounts in between 5-10%.Over the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled as the American population has aged and become more overweight or obese.
The medical costs and l0st work and wages for people with diagnosed diabetes totals $327 billion yearly, and medical cost for people with diabetes are twice as high as for people who do not have diabetes. Supplies alone, can reach cost as high as a monthly car payment. Luckily there are companies such as Diabetic Discount Supply and Diabetic Supplies of America that can provide needed diabetic supplies at a low cost. There websites are www.diabeticdiscountsupply.com and www.diabeticsuppliesofamerica.com respectively.
Living with diabetes can be manageable with the right education, support and resources greatly improving your quality of life. Eating well, learning how to get to a healthy weight and maintaining it, and staying physically active will allow those who are diagnosed to stay in control. For more helpful information visit the CDC website and talk with your personal doctor.