MINNEAPOLIS --- Diabetes is a chronic disease where your body can't produce and/or use insulin because of high blood sugar (glucose) levels. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nervous system disease, and even amputations.
The statistics connected to diabetes are startling. In the United States, 25.8 million people, that's 8.3% of the population, have diabetes. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes, which means that unless they take steps to improve their health, they are likely to develop full blown diabetes.
Need more facts? According to the American Diabetes Association:
One out of every 400 children has diabetes.
11.8% of U.S. men have diabetes
10.8% of U.S. women have diabetes
Of people over age 65, 26.9% have diabetes
In the United States, diabetes has a direct medical cost of $116 billion each year. Indirect medical costs, due to disability, work loss, and premature mortality, add another $58 billion to the tab.
Health Fair 11 has created a Diabetes Tip Sheet with information on the signs and symptoms of the disease. It also has information on who is at risk for developing diabetes and how the disease will change your life.
For additional information on diabetes, check out the American Diabetes Association website and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention's section on diabetes.
Health Fair 11 is a partnership of KARE 11, UCare, and North Memorial. Health Fair 11's mission is to provide health care information, materials for consumers, and free or low-cost screenings to members of our community.