Reaching Epidemic Proportions – The Scary Facts of Diabetes Awareness Month

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by WilliamBros Blogger

Diabetes_BlogNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month. We hear a lot more about diabetes than we used to and for good reason; Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions. As a leader in home medical equipment and pharmacy care, Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy cares about the health of our customers and the community.

Here are just a few of the recent statistics on diabetes that Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy wants you to know:

In the most recent studies, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million Americans (more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults) have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.  86 million Americans! That is almost 3 times the current number of cases. 1 in 4 Americans doesn’t know they have diabetes. That means they are not treating it and that can mean serious trouble.

More than 1 in 2 Hispanic men and women (over 50%) non-Hispanic black women are predicted to develop diabetes.

Diabetes is not just a health issue, it’s an economic issue. The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion. That’s BILLION with a “B.”

Who can get diabetes? Can you get diabetes?  2 out of every 5 Americans are expected to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. The experts say that you are at increased risk for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

Are 45 years of age or older.

Are overweight.

Have a parent with diabetes.

Have a sister or brother with diabetes.

Have a family background that is African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American-Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific-Islander.

Had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), or gave birth to a baby weighing 9 pounds or more.

Are physically active less than three times a week.

Take control of your heart health during Diabetes Awareness Month and see Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy for all of your pharmacy, wellness and home medical equipment needs.

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