The Facts about Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious disease. It means that blood glucose (often called blood sugar) is too high. When blood glucose stays high, it can cause serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and other health problems. Learn more about how people with diabetes can manage their disease and prevent or delay its complications in the materials listed below.
Learn about the different types of diabetes, including their causes, risk factors, symptoms, and complications.
Diabetes is serious, but it can be managed. Order or download free diabetes control materials.
Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented in people at risk, including older adults. Order or download free diabetes prevention materials.
Review the latest diabetes prevalence data, released by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
Use this fact sheet as a quick reference for key diabetes statistics.
Learn about new statistics, including why almost 25 percent of the U.S. population is affected by diabetes.
Find resources documenting the state-by-state public health burden of diabetes and its complications in the United States. For statistical information on the aging population, including information on dietary quality, obesity, and physical activity, visit www.agingstats.gov.
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