Magazine article The Nation's Health

CDC: Millions of Americans Unaware of Their Own Diabetes Status, Risk

Magazine article The Nation's Health

CDC: Millions of Americans Unaware of Their Own Diabetes Status, Risk

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IN 2015, MORE THAN 30 million Americans had diabetes and another 84 million had prediabetes, which if left untreated often leads to Type 2 diabetes within five years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in July.

In "National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States," researchers reported that about 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in 2015 among adults ages 18 and older, while nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes, or 7.2 million people, were not aware they had the disease. Similarly, only 11.6 percent of adults with prediabetes were aware of their status. Rates of diagnosed diabetes increased with age, with 4 percent of adults ages 18 to 44 diagnosed with diabetes, 17 percent of those ages 45 to 64 and 25 percent among those over 65.

"Although these findings reveal some progress in diabetes management and prevention, there are still too many Americans with diabetes and prediabetes," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, an APHA member, in an agency news release. "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."

The report found that rates of diagnosed diabetes were higher among American Indians and Alaska Natives, at just more than 15 percent, and blacks and Hispanics, both at more than 12 percent, when compared with Asians and whites, at 8 percent and about 7 percent, respectively. …

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