Control Diabetes For Life
In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2015.
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.
Direct and Indirect Costs of 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.
Taking control of diabetes has many benefits
Keeping blood sugar levels normal or close to normal can make a big difference now and in the future for people with diabetes.
In the short run:
- Feel better
- Stay healthy
- Have more energy
In the long run:
People with diabetes who take control will lower their chances of having diabetes complications such as eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage (see the list of possible complications above).
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