Control Diabetes For Life
In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Of the 30.3 million adults with diabetes, 23.1 million were diagnosed, and 7.2 million were undiagnosed.
Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015, with 79,535 death certificates listing it as the underlying cause of death, and a total of 252,806 death certificates listing diabetes as an underlying or contributing cause of death.
Diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can be associated with serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
What Are Signs & Symptoms of High Blood Sugar?
- Feeling very thirsty and tired
- Urinating more often
- Losing a lot of weight
- Blurred vision
- Cuts or bruises that are slow to heal
Why should you control your blood sugar levels?
People with diabetes who keep their blood sugar levels normal or close to normal for life are predicted to gain, on average:
- 5 extra years of life
- 5 more years of eyesight
- 6 years free from kidney disease
- 6 years free from amputations and nerve damage
Educate Yourself About Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most costly health problems in America. The American Diabetes Association estimates that health care and other costs directly related to diabetes treatment, as well as the costs of lost productivity, run $218 billion annually. Staying educated about Disaster and Heart Disease is a critical step in improving your health.
Taking Control of Diabetes and Heart Disease
Keeping blood sugar levels normal or close to normal can make a big difference now and in the future for people with diabetes. Physical activity is a big part of heart health.