November is National Diabetes Month

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Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.  One in 12 Americans has diabetes – that’s more than 25 million people. And another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts you might like to know about the disease:

  • Prevalence
     Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
     Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
     Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
  • The Toll on Health
     People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
     Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
     More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
     More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy,greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
  • Cost of Diabetes
     The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States
    is $245 billion.
    o Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3
    times higher than those without the disease.
    o Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
     One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
     One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.

American Diabetes Month can make a difference by raising awareness about diabetes risk factors and encouraging  people to make healthy changes.  These changes include: eating healthy,  increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

If you would like to  learn more about diabetes please visit our library either in person or online.  Stop by the National Diabetes Month display on the third floor for materials on the subject.  Our Health Reference librarian is also available to research any questions you may have about the disease.  Online, we have many health related research tools you can use to investigate diabetes. These can be accessed on the Health Reference and/or the Articles & Databases pages of our website.

– posted by Sonia, Health Reference

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