According to the government, the number of Americans who suffer from the disabling condition of diabetes has risen to approximately 24 million people (roughly eight percent of the U.S. population).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report based on 2007 data that the number represents a two-year increase of approximately 3 million. According to a CDC estimate, another 57 million people suffer from blood sugar abnormalities known as “pre-diabetes,” which increases the risk of development of the disease.
The study says that the percentage of people that suffer from diabetes, but are unaware they have the disease dropped from 30 percent to 25 percent.
Diabetes is caused by defects in insulin production, causing a build-up of sugar within the body. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and can result in serious health problems such as heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.
Diabetes increased in both men and women and in all age groups among adults but continues to disproportionately affect the elderly. In 2007, nearly 25 percent of the 60 years and older population had the disease.