According to the CDC, we have a very big problem on our hands. Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in America. I believe 90% of the cases are preventable, so before you get offended at my ignorance, first a few facts from the CDC.
Among U.S. residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%,
had diabetes in 2010.
• About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes (type 1 or
type 2) in the United States in 2010.
• About 1.9 million people aged 20 years or older were newly
diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States.
• In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose or hemoglobin A1c levels,
35% of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older had prediabetes (50% of
adults aged 65 years or older). Applying this percentage to the entire
U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American
adults aged 20 years or older with prediabetes.
• Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lowerlimb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the
• Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
• Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
THE GLOBAL BURDEN
366 million people have diabetes in 2011; by 2030 this will have risen to 552 million
The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing in every country
80% of people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries
The greatest number of people with diabetes are between 40 to 59 years of age
183 million people (50%) with diabetes are undiagnosed
Diabetes caused 4.6 million deaths in 2011
Diabetes caused at least USD 465 billion dollars in healthcare expenditures in 2011; 11% of total healthcare expenditures in adults (20-79 years)
78,000 children develop type 1 diabetes every year
Tim & Lynette Jenné are learners first and foremost. We love to ask "why?" We question the status quo. We also love to research and find answers for ourselves. As parents of four adult children, we've learned a few things along the way that may be helpful to others. We love to live & eat clean, simple lives.