November is American Diabetes Month and was established to focus our attention on the disease and those who are impacted by it.
This year’s initiative is America Get’s Cooking to Stop Diabetes and was designed to inspire people to live a healthier, more active lifestyle and it also empowers Americans to cook nutritious and delicious food that will help keep us healthy. Here are some facts about the disease and how it impacts its patients.
1. Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
2. Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
3. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050 unless we take steps to stop the disease.
4. People with diabetes are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
5. Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all kidney failure.
6. More than half of all amputations occur in people with diabetes.
7. About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, bad wordual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Some of the symptoms of diabetes include urinating often, feeling very thirsty or hungry, extreme fatigue, blurry vision, cuts/wounds that are slow to heal, weight loss and/or tingling pain or numbness in your hands or feet. Early detection and treatment of diabetes helps patients to avoid some of the major complications of the disease. To learn about more about diabetes and diabetes prevention, click here.
Source: American Diabetes Association