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
What are Symptoms of Diabetes?
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Change in appetate, and or weight
- Infections or wounds that won’t heal or
- Extreme tiredness
- Change in vision or blurry vision
- Headaches and or mood swings