Diabetes numbers "alarming" in U.S.
In a new report called the National Diabetes Statistics Report, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that the rates of diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. continue to rise dramatically. In fact, the CDC warns that by mid-century, one out of three Americans could have the disease.
The new report estimates that from 2010 to 2012, the number of adults with diabetes in the U.S. rose from 26 million people to 29.1 million and that one in four people do not even realize they have the disease. That increases their risk of suffering serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and loss of toes or feet.
Further, the report says 86 million adult Americans, which is more than one in three people, have prediabetes, where blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be classed as type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and exercise, prediabetes develops into full-blown type 2 diabetes in 15 to 30 percent of cases within five years.
The report also points out how expensive the increase in diabetes has become. In 2012, it cost an estimated $245 billion in medical bills and lost work and wages, according to the CDC. That's up from $174 billion in 2010.
If this trend continues, the report concludes, one in five Americans will have diabetes in 10 years.