More than 100 million Americans are living with diabetes (30.3 million) or prediabetes (84.1 million), according to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017, released July 18. This report represents the “state of the disease” in our nation: prevalence and incidence, prediabetes, risk factors for complications, acute and long-term complications, deaths, and costs.
Research confirms that while diabetes cases are still growing, they’re not growing as fast as in previous years. This is encouraging news—prevention efforts are having an impact.
But the numbers are still staggering, and certain populations are setting off alarm bells: older people and minorities are more likely to get diabetes, and youth are being diagnosed earlier in life. It’s critically important that diabetes management/control and type 2 diabetes prevention efforts continue going strong to stop the devastation of this disease.