Only about 10 percent of people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes know about their condition, which makes it hard to take proactive measures while there is still time to prevent the full-blown disease. As one recent study found, lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar from making important lifestyle changes.
Poor diet choices, and being overweight and inactive often lead to blood glucose problems. And research suggests that elevated blood glucose levels in people with or without diabetes may be linked with cognitive problems.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes today, an increase of more than 10 percent since 2010 when the agency issued its last report. The actual numbers may still be higher because a quarter of all diabetics don’t even know they have the disease, according to the survey. Other research predicts that more than half of the U.S. population will be affected by the end of this decade.
When we talk about diabetes, we usually put emphasis on blood sugar or blood glucose. Unfortunately, having diabetes at least doubles your risk of heart troubles. That’s a scary connection, but there is good news as well. There is much you can do to protect yourself, and many of the things you do to control your blood sugar – eat well, exercise, take medications – also protect your heart.
More than 23 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, and seven million don’t even know they have it. Another 79 million adult Americans have pre-diabetes, and the prevalence of both disorders is growing. Unless trends change, one in three adults in the United States will have the disease by the year 2050. The good news is that you don’t have to become part of these grim statistics.
Like many other so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs), diabetes is on the rise worldwide. Here in the United States, 17 million have been diagnosed with the condition, but more strikingly, about one third of those affected don’t even know about it. Similar to heart disease, diabetes is considered a “silent killer” because it cannot be detected through clearly identifiable symptoms, which contributes to the discrepancy between diagnosed and actual cases.