Prevalency of Diabetes Continues to Rise
Nearly one in 12 Americans has diabetes, bringing the U.S. total to nearly 26 million, according to recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These new data show a 9 percent increase from 2008, which the DCD links to an increase in obesity-related type 2 diabetes and expanded life spans. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases classified by increased levels of blood glucose due to insufficient insulin production or improper insulin response. The CDC estimates that diabetes costs nearly $174 billion annually in the United States alone. Complications of diabetes may include heart disease and stroke, hypertension, vision problems, and dental disease.
AGD Impact, May 2011