Diabetes affects 25.8 million people – that’s 8.3 percent of the United States population. Of those, 18.8 have been diagnosed. The other 7 million are undiagnosed cases. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People aged 45 or older should consider getting tested for prediabetes or diabetes. People younger than 45 who are overweight, obese, or extremely obese and have one or more additional risk factors for diabetes should consider testing. Many people with prediabetes develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. People with prediabetes can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes by losing a modest amount of weight through regular physical activity and a diet low in fat and calories
SourceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011.
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