CDC: Diabetes and Prediabetes Affect More than 100 Million Americans
A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that, as of 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States—9.4 percent of the population—has diabetes and 84.1 million have prediabetes. If not treated, prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes within about five years.
Diabetes is a growing health problem that affects certain areas of the country more than others. Counties in the South and Appalachian areas have higher rates of diagnosed diabetes and of new diabetes cases. Although there has been some progress in diabetes management and prevention, the condition remains a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.
According to the CDC report, about 7.2 million people living with diabetes are unaware they have the condition, and only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes know they have it. This is significant because diabetes increases the risk for serious complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation, and premature death.