Quick Facts About Type II Diabetes
- Diabetes is a chronic condition that prevents the body from properly using the hormone insulin that regulates blood sugar.
- Diabetes can lead to kidney failure, blindness, heart attack, stroke, and nerve and blood vessel damage in the feet which can lead to foot infections and lower limb amputation.
- 45.6 million Americans have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Black and Hispanic adults are twice as likely to have diabetes as white counterparts (21% versus 11%).
- By 2050, 1 in every 3 adults could have diabetes in the US.8 The medical costs associated with diabetes were $245 billion in 2012.