Interesting fact: More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes and another 84 million Americans are pre-diabetic. That’s why understanding what diabetes is and what it can do to your body is very important. Knowing the facts can help you delay or even prevent its onset.
Living with diabetes is not easy. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will be on a life-long journey to maintain it so that you can live your healthiest life. Being proactive about your diabetes diagnosis will help lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, eye problems and more.
5 Interesting Facts About Diabetes
While you may already understand the basics of diabetes, we’d like to share five interesting facts that will educate you further and may even surprise you.
1. During their lifetime, half of all Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women are predicted to develop diabetes.
This statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you fall into this category, it is important to be aware of all the risk factors of developing diabetes and the symptoms associated with it, so you can stay ahead of the disease.
2. If you’ve previously given birth to a baby over 9 pounds, you're at a higher risk for developing gestational diabetes the next time you’re pregnant.
And according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 10% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes each year. While there is no exact cause for gestational diabetes, it is important to be aware of it and how it will be treated. Learn more about the risks of gestational diabetes.
3. Smokers are 30% to 40% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers.
If you’ve already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and continue to smoke regularly, it will be even more difficult to maintain your health and all of the other complications associated with the disease.
4. The Safe at School® campaign was created by the American Diabetes Association to ensure that children who have diabetes are properly taken care of at school.
The purpose of this program is to make your child is taken care of. Families, healthcare providers and school staff are working together to reassure newly diagnosed children that they can depend on proper care. Each state has its own specific laws and regulations, but the goal is to have school staff monitor blood sugar and administer insulin. In addition to that, there can be trained school staff on-hand who can recognize and treat high and low blood sugar and administer emergency glucagon.
5. Every 21 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes has become a serious epidemic. There are many risk factors for developing diabetes — family history, poor diet and lack of exercise to name a few. The good news is you can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. Talk to your doctor about how to maintain a healthy weight and proceed with an appropriate course of action for diet and healthier habits.
Take these facts to heart. The facts we’ve shared above, along with all of the other accessible information about diabetes, should be reason enough to start taking care of your health before diabetes develops or gets out of control.
Download our diabetes infographic to learn all about the risk factors and treatment of diabetes. If you have any concerns related to diabetes, make an appointment with your doctor today.