How many people in the United States have diabetes?

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Today in the United States, 23.6 million children and adults, or nearly 8 percent of the population, have diabetes, a disease in which the person’s body does not produce or correctly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps change glucose (sugar) and other foods into energy. New cases of diabetes have risen more than 90 percent among adults over the last 10 years, and since 1987 the number of deaths from the disease has risen by 45 percent, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Diabetes Association.

Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine Specialist

Diabetes toll amongst the children of America is:

  • In 1990 less than 4 percent of American children and teens were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. A decade later, that number had more than quadrupled.
  • The majority of young people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese at the time of their diagnosis.
  • Young people of color are more likely to contract type 2 diabetes than are Caucasian children.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has predicted that one out of every three Americans born in 2000 is at risk of being a type 2 diabetic by 2025.
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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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