Diabetes Statistics Analysis

An analysis of diabetes statistics reveals a disturbing trend involving an increase of diabetes diagnoses, especially type 2 diabetes, over the past 20 years. The Diabetes.org website has published information in the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet that reveals startling data concerning the growing prevalence of diabetes.

The National Diabetes Fact Sheet Data (2011) shows:

Diabetes Statistics
  • An estimated 8.3 percent of people in the U.S. have diabetes. This is nearly 26 million adults and children. From this number, it is suggested that seven million remain undiagnosed, with almost 19 million diagnosed and receiving some form of treatment.
  • A pre-diabetic condition affects 80 million U.S. citizens.
  • At least two million new diabetes cases in people over the age of 20 are expected each year.
  • Diabetes affects one in every 400 teenagers and children.
  • Diabetes statistics regarding the cost of treating diabetes is astronomical at nearly two billion dollars each year.
  • Individuals comprising the over 65 age group contain nearly 11 million people diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Incidences of diabetes in men and women are almost identical, with 13 million men over 20 suffering from diabetes as compared to 12.6 million women who have diabetes.
  • Diabetes affects more ethnicities other than non-Hispanic whites, with almost 12 percent of Hispanics, 13 percent of African-Americans and 8.4 percent of Asian Americans diagnosed with diabetes compared to 7 percent of whites.
  • In 2007, approximately 71, 400 death certificates listed diabetes as the cause of death, with another 160,000 death certificates stating that diabetes was a significant contributor to the cause of death.
  • For adults between the ages of 20 and 74, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness due to diabetic retinopathy.
  • In 2008, nearly 50,000 individuals were diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease because of diabetes.
  • Two-thirds of diabetics have some form of peripheral nerve damage.
  • Gestational diabetes complicates almost 18 percent of pregnancies.
  • Diabetics suffer from periodontal disease twice as much as non-diabetics.

Diabetes Statistics in Developing Countries

Diabetes Statistics in Developing Countries

For those being diagnosed with diabetes in a developing country, it means experiencing the lack of access to skilled physicians, effective diabetes medication, and sometimes help with paying the high cost of treatment for diabetes. Diabetics living in developing countries frequently do not have access to proper medical care nor is any financial assistance available.

For example, in many Latin American countries, lower income families must pay nearly 70 percent of expenditures resulting from diabetes complications out of their own pockets. Not only that, untreated gangrene results in amputation of limbs, frequently occurring in developing countries where access to proper medication is not available.

The Centers for Disease Control in the U.S. estimates that by 2030, 560 billion International dollars will be spent on treating diabetes as well as its complications.

Further, diabetes statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that China will lose almost 600 billion dollars in national income due to diabetes and heart disease; 335 billion in India; 300 billion in the Russian Federation and 50 billion in Brazil.

The WHO also predicts global deaths resulting from diabetes complications to increase by 17 percent during the next ten years, with countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Africa to experience the highest increase, that is 25 and 27 percent respectively.

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Necessary Actions

Experts warn that the burgeoning cost of treating so many diabetics places an excessive and economically dangerous burden on healthcare systems as well as the job market. Employers are faced with a large amount of workers who miss work because they are frequently ill and require numerous trips to doctor’s offices and hospitals for treatment. Businesses could suffer economic losses, resulting in companies filing for bankruptcy or simply going out of business.

As the rates of obesity and sedentary lifestyles increase, so will rates of diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, arteriosclerosis, nerve damage, gangrene, glaucoma and hypertension. Unless people take better care of their health, diabetes statistics will continue to reveal that the world is gripped by a diabetes epidemic.



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