Many Americans With Diabetes Do Not Know It
It’s estimated more than 30% of American adults with diabetes don’t realize they are suffering from this potentially deadly disease.
Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show about 1 American in 7 suffered from diabetes between Ys 2013 and 2016, with the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes at 9.7% and the prevalence of undiagnosed diabetes at 4.3%.
And now, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes — 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed.
“Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting some 30-M people,” said an epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
A number of factors may be responsible for the increases in diabetes, he said. This includes an aging population, since diabetes strikes the elderly more often.
In addition, the obesity epidemic is also driving the growing number of people with diabetes, he said.
People need to be tested for diabetes even if they think they do not have it, he said. The data showed that a third of those in the study didn’t think they had diabetes, but tests showed they did.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the vast majority about 95% of diabetes cases are type 2, which is often, but not always tied to overweight or obesity. About 5% of diabetes cases are type 1, which can arise early in life and is not linked with lifestyle factors.
According to the report, nearly 16% of men have diabetes, and about 12% women. Moreover, the odds of developing diabetes, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, increases with age.
The overweight and obese are also more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers found. Only 6% of underweight or normal-weight adults had the disease, while 12% of overweight adults and 21% of obese adults did.
Although treatment for diabetes is available the public health goal should be taking steps to prevent the disease, as prevention is the best treatment.
The good news is “it is a very treatable disease,” according to the American Diabetes Association.
For more, see “Are you at risk?”
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