Diabetes Facts

 As more and more of the population is diagnosed with diabetes, education and awareness are increasingly important.

Currently about 9% of Americans have diabetes and approximately 86 million have pre-diabetes, which means blood sugars levels are higher than normal. Even more frightening, if people don’t start making lifestyle changes at or before the pre-diabetes stage, it’s estimated that by the year 2050, one in three Americans will have diabetes.

Common risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:

  • A family history of diabetes
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight
  • Being over the age of 45
  • Being African-American, Native American, Latino, Asian-American, Asian, Indian or Pacific Islander
  • A history of gestational diabetes

Common signs and symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss - even though you are eating more (Type 1)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)

The best fight against diabetes is educating yourself. Research shows people who have received diabetes education are more likely to:

  • Use primary care and preventative services
  • Have lower health costs
  • Take medications as prescribed
  • Control their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels