Over the last decade the number of Americans affected by
diabetes has drastically increased. According to a new report from the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 24 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population is currently
plagued by the disease. This a 15 percent increase from the numbers posted by
the group just two years ago, representing over 3 million additional cases
during that time.
The numbers are truly staggering, and the fact that the
likelihood of developing diabetes increases with age makes it frightening to
think of how many more will be affected over the next decade as the population of
baby boomers enter a higher risk bracket for diabetes.
The new figures did bring with them one piece of good news.
The percentage of diabetics unaware they have the disease
fell to 25% from 30% during the period, the CDC said. Awareness is key because
good management can reduce diabetes-related risks such as heart attacks and
With controversy over diabetes medications swirling and no
cure in sight we can only hope for the best.