86 Million Americans Have Prediabetes, Says CDC
It’s official: Diabetes and prediabetes rates are soaring.
The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the number of American adults with diabetes has jumped to 29 million and another 86 million are at high risk of the disease and have prediabetes.
The findings are based on data from 2012, and the 29 million diabetic statistic marked an increase of 3 million from the last reported number of people with diabetes.
One in four people are unaware that they have diabetes, according to the CDC.
If diabetes continues to soar at this rate, officials predict that one in five Americans could have diabetes by 2025 and one in three by 2050.
“We simply can’t sustain this trajectory,” remarked Ann Albright, director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”
To prevent diabetes, people should adopt healthy living habits and be screened for prediabetes and diabetes regularly. If you can catch diabetes in its earliest stage– when a person is prediabetic–there is still time to reverse the progression to diabetes.
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