Diabetes affects 25.8 million people - 8.3% of the U. S. Population (all ages, 2010). About 1.9 million people, ages 20 years or older, were newly diagnosed with diabetes in the U. S. It is evident that diabetes is increasing even among our younger generation, be it diabetes or pre-diabetes, due to poor diets and sedentary lifestyles.
It is estimated that 79 million adults have pre-diabetes in the U. S. in 2010. Pre-diabetes is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1C levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
According to IHS in 2009, 30% of American Indians and Alaska Natives are estimated to have pre-diabetes, other rates vary according to regions.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, new cases of blindness, and a major cause of heart disease & stroke. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U. S.
If you experience any symptoms or have concerns, contact the Acoma Diabetes Program or make an appointment with your family physician at ACL Hospital.