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About Prediabetes and Diabetes

 

More than 84 million US adults—that’s 1 in 3—have PREDIABETES. With prediabetes, blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk for TYPE 2 DIABETES (the most common type of diabetes), heart disease, and stroke.

In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled as the US population has aged and become more overweight. Now more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, which increases their risk for a long list of serious health problems, including:

    • Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Blindness
    • Kidney failure
    • Loss of toes, feet, or legs

Diabetes has an enormous ECONOMIC IMPACT on millions of individuals and their families, on workplaces, and on the US healthcare system.

    • In 2017, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion ($237 billion in direct medical costs and $90 billion in lost productivity), up 26% over a 5-year period.
    • About 1 in 4 health care dollars is spent on people with diagnosed diabetes.
    • Medical expenses for people diagnosed with diabetes—$16,750 annually on average—are about 2.3 times higher than for people without diabetes.

Source: CDC- https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/prediabetes-type2/index.html

 

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