How many people have type 2 diabetes?

At least 24 million children and adults in the United States have type 2 diabetes, out of a total of nearly 26 million who have either type 1 or type 2. Of these, an estimated 7 million have not yet been diagnosed.
William E. Brown III., MD
Internal Medicine
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 90-95% of these numbers.


William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
The Centers for Disease Control place the number of US citizens with diabetes at 23.6 million, but this is based on 2007 data—the most recent year for which data is available. Most experts agree that the current number is dramatically higher. Additionally, it is a moving target as 4,384 new cases are diagnoses daily nationwide.

On the global scene, the World Health Organization places the number of people with diabetes at 171,000,000, a number so huge I have no way of wrapping my head around it. For perspective, the distance from the earth to the moon is 238,900 miles. So 171,000,000 , if it were in miles, would be the same as 356 round trips to the moon.

It’s a whole heck of a lot of people.

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