Diabetes Health in The News: CDC Reports Prediabetes or Diabetes Affects 100 Million People in the U.S.

The 2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report compiled by the CDC indicates that at least 100 million adults in the U.S. are now dealing with prediabetes or diabetes. This report is based off of information gathered in 2015. According to that data, 30.3 million people have diabetes, while 84.1 million have been diagnosed with prediabetes. The disease was ranked seventh in causes of death.

More than one third of all Americans are now dealing with prediabetes, but many have not been diagnosed. This means these individuals are not addressing the factors in their lives that could lead to diabetes. In 2015, around 1.5 million new diabetes diagnoses were made, but the report stresses that, again, there are likely many individuals who do not know they are living with the disease. Only 11.6% of those who had prediabetes were aware of it, while an estimated 7.2 million people may be living with diabetes and are unaware.

Diabetes affects some areas worse than others, the report illustrated. The disease was more prevalent in the Appalachian area and in the south.

These findings were published in Endocrine Today, on July 18, 2017.

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