Diabetes Fast Facts

  • Total: 30.3 million people have diabetes (9.4% of the US population)

  • Diagnosed: 23.1 million people

  • Undiagnosed: 7.2 million people (23.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)

    • People with diabetes are 50% more likely to die in any one year than people without diabetes

    • UNMANAGED DIABETES is a leading risk factor for, heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and foot or lower leg amputations

    • WELL MANAGED DIABETES is a leading risk factor of NOTHING

  • Diabetes Costs
    • $245 Billion/year in medical costs AND lost work and wages

    • Medical costs are more than DOUBLE for a person with diabetes than without diabetes

Prediabetes Fast Facts

  • Total: 84.1 million adults aged 18 years or older have pre-diabetes (33.9% of the adult US population)

    • 9 out of 10 people don’t know that they have prediabetes
  • 65 years or older: 23.1 million adults aged 65 years or older have prediabetes

A Person Is At Risk if They:

  • Are overweight

  • Are 45 years or older

  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes

  • Are physically active less than 3 times a week

  • Have ever had gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or given birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

  • Are African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, or Alaska Native (some Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans are also at higher risk)

What to do:

  • Get screened for prediabetes/diabetes

  • If you are in a high risk category, start making healthy lifestyle changes
    • Lifestyle changes: including healthy diet, physical activity, and if overweight, losing 5-7% of body weight reduce the risk of diabetes by 50%.

    • Check out healthy recipes in Cooking 101 as well as other sections of this site.

    • Make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist or a Certified Diabetes Educator 
      • Develop a plan to decrease your risks for developing diabetes or for managing it if you have it.
  • Resources on diabetes and pre-diabetes

Watch for new posts on preventing and managing diabetes throughout this November!