Every year millions of individuals catch the common cold, influenza and child hood diseases like the mumps and measles, but there is a far more serious health menace that is infecting American's than ever before: diabetes. The number of Americans infected bu diabetes has reached epidemic proportions, and most American's are not even aware of this.
In a previous blog post dated December 25, 2010, I mentioned that 24 million Americans have diabetes, including as many as six million individuals who have diabetes and don't know, that the annual costs to treat diabetes exceeds $200 billion and that diabetes claims the lives of nearly 300,000 Americans each year.
Diabetes Fact Sheet
- Almost 24 million Americans have diabetes, including as many as six million individuals who have diabetes and don’t know it.
- Diabetes kills more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
- In 2007, diabetes claimed more than 284,000 American lives.
- Diabetes costs the American people an estimated $218 billion each year.
- Diabetes impacts all social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to create or effectively use its own insulin, which is produced by islet cells found in the pancreas.
- Insulin helps regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels – providing energy to body cells and tissues.
- Without insulin, the body’s cells would be starved, causing dehydration and destruction of body tissue.
- Injecting insulin is not a cure for diabetes. It is a critical life-saving component of a daily treatment program.
- Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death by disease among adults and reduces life expectancy by one-third.
- Approximately 4,110 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each day.
- Almost three million Americans are hospitalized each year due to diabetes.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in adults ages 20-74.
- Sixty-five percent of deaths among people with diabetes are due to heart disease and stroke.
- Persons with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than people without diabetes.
- More than 60 percent of all nontraumatic amputations occur among people with diabetes.
- Nearly 44 percent of all kidney failure is caused by diabetes. Diabetic patients are 17 times more prone to kidney disease than people who do not have the disease.
- Diabetes is also the leading cause of end stage renal disease.
- Women with diabetes face high-risk pregnancies, which can result in babies born with many health problems.
The sad thing is that many American's do not know idiabetes' symptoms or the debilitating and destructive nature of diabetes until it is too late. The kind folks at Achieve Medical Researcb, a company that conducts clinical trials testing for new and innovative drugs and treatments that are under development by the biotech and pharmaceutical industries for numerous diseases including diabetes, provided me with the following infographic titled "What's The Diff? Between Type I and Type II Diabetes".
I hope you will this information informative and review my previous blog post about the U.S. diabetes epidemic. By the way, Achieve Clinical Research is always looking for individuals interested in volunteering for their numerous clinical trial tests. The information is available on their site.
Courtesy of Achieve Clinical Research