By: Erica Prater, RN, BSN, CDE | Diabetes Education Services
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has declared November as American Diabetes Month and the International Diabetes Federation (ICF) has designated November 14 World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is observed in more than 160 countries and all member states of the United Nations in response to the alarming rise in worldwide diabetes incidence.
Why all the attention on diabetes? Here are some facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ADA, and the IDF:
- 25.8 million Americans have diabetes (8.3% of the U.S. population)
- 366 million people in the world have diabetes
- 7.0 million Americans have diabetes but have not been diagnosed yet
- 1 out of 3 American adults will develop diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue
- Diabetes is theleading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputation, and new cases of blindness among adults in the US
- People with Type 2 diabetes are over twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as people who do not have diabetes
- Diabetes caused 4.6 million deaths worldwide in 2011
- The number of people with Type 2 Diabetes is increasing in every country
The CDC and ADA estimate based on recent health data that 79 million Americans have prediabetes. To comprehend this number, add the total populations of the states on the East Coast from Georgia to Connecticut. That many people have higher than normal fasting glucose and A1c levels that put them at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Be sure to talk to your physician or nurse practitioner at your yearly health check up about your blood sugar levels. If you’re diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, please contact Athens Regional Diabetes Education Services at 706-475-5600 and set up an appointment with a Certified Diabetes Educator. We’re here to help you learn how to effectively manage your diabetes.