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How common is type 2 diabetes?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Nearly 24 million Americans, or about 8 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with diabetes, and approximately 90 to 95 percent of these cases are type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes typically affects older people, or those aged 45 years and older, and those who are overweight. However, the number of children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes is rapidly rising, most likely due to our society's increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Dr. William E. Brown, MD
Internist

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) diabetes is becoming more common in the United States. From 1980 through 2008, the number of Americans with diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.6 million to 18.1 million).  More recent data places this estimate closer to 24,000,000 or approximately 8 percent of adults and children in the US (American Diabetic Association).  Of the two varieties, type 2 diabetics make up approximately 90 to 95 percent of these numbers.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. It used to be called adult-onset diabetes but it can occur at any age, even in children. Although it's a serious condition that won't go away, you can learn how to take care of your diabetes and live a healthier life.

There are several types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is by far the most common. It's estimated that of the nearly 24 million adults who have diabetes in America, 90 to 95 percent have type 2, about 5 to 10 percent have type 1, and 1 to 5 percent have another form of diabetes.

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