Diabetes and Prediabetes Are All Too Common
You already know that about 29 million Americans have diabetes and more than 86 million have prediabetes, the condition that occurs before a diabetes diagnosis.
Worldwide, about 382 million people have diabetes, or 8.3% of the population. It’s most common in North America and the Caribbean (11%), followed by the Middle East and North Africa (9.2%).
Diabetes is a serious chronic condition that leads to increased risk for many dangerous health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye conditions and more.
Prediabetes is often symptomless, which makes it hard to detect. In fact, 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t know they have it.
World Diabetes Day is a global awareness day created by the International Diabetes Federation in 1991. This year’s World Diabetes Day theme is “Healthy Living and Diabetes.” At PreDiabetes University, we believe that healthy living lies at the core of diabetes prevention.
Learning how to eat nutritiously–to fuel your body and optimize blood sugar levels–is a key part of diabetes management and prediabetes treatment. Click here to learn more about an optimal prediabetes/diabetes diet.
In recognition of World Diabetes Day, get screened for diabetes and learn your risk.