Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day and advocacy organizations around the world are focused on raising awareness for prevention and treatment options.
How prevalent is diabetes? According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, there are more than 25 million children and adults in the U.S. with diabetes, which includes more than 18 million people who have been diagnosed and an estimated seven million people who have not yet been diagnosed. Nearly 80 million people have prediabetes, which makes prevention awareness an urgent priority for patients and the overall health care system. For the full fact sheet, visit the American Diabetes Association web site here.
The massive rise in type 2 diabetes in recent years, the serious health risks and healthcare costs associated with the condition, and the fact that several risk factors for the disease are modifiable, have created great interest in whether diabetes can be prevented. The importance of diabetes prevention cannot be underestimated. Unless significant efforts are made to stem the rise in diabetes, healthcare services across the world will soon be crippled by the costs of treating the diseases and its complications. Read more about prevention from the International Diabetes Federation, here.