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  Facts About Diabetes

  • Over 20.8 million of Americans have diabetes. This is 7% of all US citizens.
  • 54 million people in America have pre-diabetes.
  • Many people have Type 2 diabetes for 2-6 years without being diagnosed.
  • Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States
  • Health care costs for diabetes is $132 billion annually
  • 90-95% of diabetes is Type 2
  • African Americans, Hispanics and American Indians have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes

What is Diabetes?

  • A lifelong disease caused by lack of insulin or insulin not working right
  • Diabetes Mellitus is a disease syndrome that affects glucose, fat and protein metabolism
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is the hallmark feature

How is Diabetes Diagnosed?

  • Fasting blood glucose of 126 mg/dl or higher (12 hours without food)
  • Blood glucose above 200mg/dl with an oral glucose tolerance Test or a random glucose test over 200 mg/dl with symptoms of diabetes

What are Symptoms of Diabetes?

  • Increased thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Change in appetate, and or weight
  • Infections or wounds that won’t heal or heal slowly
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Change in vision or blurry vision
  • Headaches and or mood swings
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