According to the American Diabetes Association
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
- Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults. The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes. About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, and other nerve problems.
Visit MedlinePlus. You will find information for children, teens, men, women and seniors about prevention, coping, treatment, disease management, and so much more.
New York Online Access to Health (NOAH) is also a great resource. You will find links to reputable information regarding diabetes – there’s even links to information about pets with diabetes.
womenshealth.gov offers information about diabetes specifically for women.
People with diabetes are at a greater risk for complications from the flu find out about the risks and how to help prevent them at Flu.gov.
I know it’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Healthfinder.gov has great information to help you find “Help prevent or control diabetes this Thanksgiving.”
Are you ready to raise your hand to stop diabetes?
posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services