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What is the toll of diabetes in America?

Tonya Bolden
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
By 2003 diabetes had become the fifth-leading cause of death in America, with some 18.2 million Americans living with the disease. More than half the nation’s diabetics were women, and one out of every four black women fifty-five and older had the disease. Diabetes had a hold on more than 8 percent of whites and more than 11 percent of blacks. While all diabetics are at a higher risk for kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, lower limb amputations, and blindness, black diabetics were at a higher risk of these devastations than nonblack diabetics. In 2005 the CDC reported that the number of Americans living with diabetes increased by 14 percent, up to 20.8 million. The CDC also reported that 41 million Americans had prediabetes and thus were at risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
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