According to U.S. government figures, over the past two years, the number of Americans who suffer from the disabling condition of diabetes has seen an increase of over three million to a total of nearly 24 million.
According to data the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released, nearly eight percent of the population of the U.S. suffers from the disease. Diabetes is associated with high levels of glucose that may lead to heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and amputations.
Nearly 57 million people are estimated to suffer from “pre-diabetes,” which also gives them an increased risk of diabetes.
According to the CDC, among those who suffer from the disabling condition that were not aware of having it dropped from 30 percent to 25 percent.
Diabetes is responsible for more than 200,000 deaths per year and is the seventh leading cause of death in America.
In 2007, nearly one-fourth of Americans 60 and older suffered from diabetes.
The highest rates of diagnosed diabetes were among Native Americans at 16.5 percent with African Americans second at 11.8 percent and Hispanics third at 10.4 percent. Asian Americans had a diabetes rate of 7.5 percent and whites had a rate of 6.6 percent.