Diabetes Statistics – Symptoms and Prevention

CDC- Center for Disease and Control reports:

  • Total: 37.3 million people have diabetes (9.4% of the US population)
  • Diagnosed: 28.7 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 8.5 million people (23.0% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)

Diabetes cost to the nation is 327 billion a year. It is the 7th leading cause of death.

Diabetes complications affect your vision, your heart, and your nerves.

Diabetes Signs or Symptoms:

If you have a family member with diabetes – get tested for diabetes at your annual physical.

You may experience some of these or none of these common diabetes symptoms:

  • Unquenchable thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Lethargic
  • Fluctuation your weight
  • Sores that don’t heal
  • Tingling in your hands and feet
  • Red swollen gums sometimes can be an indication.

Diabetes Prevention

If you have a higher probability of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, then taking these steps can prevent or delay a diabetes diagnosis:

  • If diabetes runs in your family and you have excess weight- get tested for diabetes.
  • Watch what you are eating- trade out your favorite foods for a lower-carb version of the same meal. You can go to the Sugar Happy Kitchen for recipe ideas.
  • Start exercising at least 30 minutes a day- five days a week. Work with a healthcare professional to decide which exercise is best suited for you and how long you can exert yourself. Having an exercise coach can make a big difference. You can work with someone or use an App.
  • Set weight loss goals with a healthcare professional and get a scale to measure your results.
  • Surround yourself with people that keep you motivated.
  • Stay inspired by reading other people’s success stories, reminding you that you can achieve your goals. 🙌