A: Diabetes is largely invisible. 1 in 11 Americans has it. And 86 million more people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Q: What do you want America to learn about diabetes through your fundraiser?
A: We want everyone in America to understand diabetes is an epidemic, and that it impacts all of us. The economic burden of diabetes and prediabetes is $322 billion each year, and people with diabetes have health care costs that are 2.3 times higher than someone without diabetes. The real cost is in the millions of lives it touches. Diabetes is so much more than the medications, devices and lifestyle tools used to manage it.
Q: How can someone get involved?
A: • DONATE: Donate to help make the Association’s critical work possible. • ADVOCATE: Become an advocate to help ensure diabetes gets the attention it deserves. • SHARE: Share your story, photo or video on social media using #ThisIsDiabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and there is no known way to prevent it. Approximately 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1, which means their body does not produce any insulin. Insulin is critical in order for the body to transport glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into cells for energy. People with type 1 diabetes must take insulin every day to live.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90 to 95 percent of cases in the United States, and is caused when the body does not produce or use insulin properly. Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include being overweight, having a family history of diabetes and having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes). Some people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose (sugar) with healthy eating and being active; other may require oral medications or insulin, especially as the disease progresses. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.
Some women develop gestational diabetes, high blood glucose (sugar) levels during pregnancy, which requires treatment to protect the health of the mother and the baby. Gestational diabetes affects approximately 9.2 percent of pregnant women.
Diabetes affects 29 million children and adults in the U.S. today—that’s 1 in 3 Americans.
Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Every 23 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. It causes more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
African Americans and Hispanics are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
Complications of diabetes include blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and amputations.