A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the good news that diabetes diagnoses have not increased. The numbers are steady, which means they haven’t decreased, either, though. Covering the year 2015, the study finds that more than 100 million U.S. adults are living with either diabetes or prediabetes; 30.3 million American adults, or 9.4% of the population, have diabetes, which is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., while another 84.1 million have prediabetes, which often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.
“Although these findings reveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes,” says CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD. “More than a third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, and the majority don’t know it. Now, more than ever, we must step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease.”
Highlighted insights from the report include:
Often, diabetes can be managed through physical activity, diet and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. “Diabetes is a contributing factor to so many other serious health conditions,” says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “By addressing diabetes, we limit other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, nerve and kidney diseases and vision loss.”