Diabetes, in the United States, is
The Sixth leading cause of Death
inn the United States. Over 215,000 DEATHS each
HEART DISEASE and STROKES.
Heart Disease is the leading cause of diabetes-related deaths.
Diabetics are 2 to 4 times more likely to die of heart disease,
and up to 6 times more likely than non-diabetics to suffer stroke.
65 % of diabetic deaths are due to heart disease or stroke.
The leading cause of end-stage KIDNEY
DISEASE accounting for 44% of new cases. Many of these
patients will require kidney transplants or kidney dialysis in
order to survive.
Diabetic Retinopathy causes 12,000 -14,000
new cases of BLINDNESS each year.
70% of diabetics suffer mild to severe forms
of Nerve System Damage (Diabetic Neuropathy);
Greater risk of peripheral arterial disease
The leading cause of most non-traumatic lower-limb
AMPUTATIONS (82,000 each year).
3 Times more likely to die of complications
from flu or pneumonia, up to 30,000 people each
DENTAL disease. Periodontal disease
(a type of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss) occurs with
greater frequency and severity among people with diabetes. Periodontal
disease has been reported to occur among 33% of people age 19
COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY.
Poorly controlled diabetes can cause Major Birth Defects
during pregnancy; and Miscarriages in 15 - 20%
of diabetics' pregnancies. It also poses a greater risk to both
mother and child during the pregnancy.
65% greater risk of Alzheimer's
Much suffering in the Asian, Black, Hispanic,
and Native American Communities. 25% to 30% of all diabetics are
Black or Hispanic. Asian Americans have a 60% greater risk for
developing diabetes. Native American Indians have also exhibited
a high incidence of diabetes.
The possibility of acute life-threatening
events, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar
nonketotic coma (both are medical conditions that can
result from biochemical imbalance in uncontrolled diabetes).
15% of the United States' entire annual Health
Care Cost or $137 Billion Dollars.
COULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 10
MILLION AMERICANS WITH DIABETES, BUT NOT KNOW IT?
We truly hope not, but it is possible. Many of the Warning
Signs of diabetes come on gradually and are not particularly noticed
right away. This can prolong the length of time for the disease to grow
and possibly lead to unnecessary complications. This is why we at the
Defeat Diabetes Foundation put so much emphasis on early detection of
the disease through extensive public awareness programs of the Warning
Signs of diabetes and the taking of our Defeat
Diabetes® Screening Test.
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