WASHINGTON - A new report by the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about 25 percent of Americans doesn't know they have diabetes.
A press release says more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from 26 million in 2010. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.
“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”
The CDC says diabetes is a serious disease that can be managed through physical activity, diet, and appropriate use of insulin and oral medications to lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes management also includes reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and tobacco use.
Diabetes and its related complications accounted for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages in 2012. That's up from $174 billion in 2007.
For more information on diabetes visit the CDC's website.
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