The rate of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the United States continues to rise dramatically, so much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns one in every three Americans will have the condition by 2050.
The new National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that from 2010 to 2012, the number of adults with diabetes jumped from 26 million to nearly 30 million, and that a quarter of those individuals don’t know they have the disease. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious complications including heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputations due to neuropathy.
Also alarming is that another 86 million American adults have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without proper diet and exercise for weight loss, 15 to 30 percent of these individuals will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. Add in the number of children suffering from obesity and the rate escalates even more.
Many patients with diabetes have a difficult time keeping their blood sugar levels in check, thus they suffer from various complications that ultimately cost billions. In 2012, an estimated $245 billion was spent on medical bills and lost work and wages for diabetic patients.
Another concerning factor is that many diabetics must rely on medication to keep their blood sugar levels in check, and these drugs can carry dangerous side effects. For example, the type 2 diabetes drug Actos has been linked to bladder cancer, and the drugs Januvia and Byetta have been tied to acute pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.
Source: Health Central