Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has estimated the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
If those numbers weren’t staggering enough think about this: every 17 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes, that’s 5000 new cases every day. In the next 24 hours over 130 people will develop kidney failure because of diabetes. In the next 24 hours diabetes will claim the lives of 200 people.
It’s November, it’s American Diabetes Month® (ADM), and it’s time to come together and Stop Diabetes®! The vision of the ADA is a life free of diabetes and all of the burdens that go with it. Raising awareness of this continually growing disease is one of the main efforts behind the mission of the ADA.
How do you know if you’re at risk? Take the diabetes risk test and see how you score.