Let’s talk numbers. I am going to list a series of numbers, and you can see if you know what the numbers represent. Are you ready? Here we go 30.3 million, 1.25 million, 25.2%, 84.1 million, and finally 252,806. Considering the title of this article, how many of those numbers can you decipher?
- 30.3 million Americans had diabetes.
- 1.25 million American children and adults have type I diabetes.
- 25.2% of Americans 65 and older have diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed)
- 84.1 million Americans age 18 and older had prediabetes.
- A total of 252,806 deaths had diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause.
As you can see, the numbers are staggering, and diabetes is impacting Americans old and young without discrimination. That is one of the reasons that today, March 27, 2018, is being recognized as American Diabetes Association Alert Day! Everyone, including healthcare professionals, should be concerned about the risk of diabetes in themselves or their loved ones.
There is an estimated 1.5 million new diagnosis’ of diabetes each year, and 90% of Americans most at risk are completely unaware. On Alert Day, everyone is being encouraged to take a 60-second quiz to find out if you are at risk for diabetes. Also, share Alert Day information with your friends and family and encourage them to take the anonymous risk test. The 60 seconds they spend answering a few simple questions may save their life.
The American Diabetes Association is also presenting easy to follow information about how you can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes. There are resources for controlling weight, tips for getting more physical activity into your life, and also how a few minor changes in your lifestyle can have a great impact on your overall health and wellness.
Considering the risks and the prevalence of diabetes throughout American society, are you concerned about yourself or a family member developing the disease, or already dealing with it? Please share your story in the comment section below. Tell us if you are planning to encourage others to take the 60-second quiz at work or by posting a link on social media. Be sure to like our Facebook page so you can stay current on all that is happening at Supplemental Health Care.