Diabetes Statistics

Diagnosed Diabetes Mellitus Rates Increase to 24m from 21m

More than 8% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Here we are in 2008 and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that diabetes rates are increasing despite the heavy marketing aimed at demographics prone to the disease. In about two year’s time, the amount of people in the United States living with diabetes has grown to 24 million from 21 million, a 14% increase in 24 months!

And more than double that amount, 57 million people, have pre-diabetes or in layman’s terms 57 million people have a severe problem with blood-sugar levels which means that diabetes is approaching. In all, over 27% of Americans have severe blood sugar levels which is cause for concern considering that diabetes causes heart disease, blood pressure issues, blindness, kidney failure, amputations and more.

Two years ago, we reported that 21 million people, or 7% of the U.S. population living in the United States, had some form of diabetes. At the time, about 70% of diabetics (or 4.9% of the total American population at the time) had been diagnosed with diabetes while the remaining 30% (or 2.1% of the total American population) had not been diagnosed and did not know they had diabetes. Diabetes had no agenda then and it doesn’t now; it strikes the young, middle-aged and older senior populations. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 21 million people that had diabetes two years ago, only 177,000 were less than 20 years of age and 49% were aged 60 or older. All told, 50% of those with diabetes were between the ages of 20-60 years of age.

There is good news – in a strange sort of way. Two years ago, 30% of diabetics didn’t know they had diabetes. Today, that number has dropped to 25%. So, are we to celebrate the fact that more people suffer from and are prone to diabetes than ever before but that more of these people know they have it? Instead of celebrating, we ought to examine that issues stalling the cultural decline in blood sugar levels. More on this later.

Two years ago, the senior population, 60 years and older, accounted for 49% of diabetics. Similar reports for 2007 were not available but the CDC report indicates that 25% of the senior population suffers from diabetes today.

The CDC report also indicated that diabetes rates increased in both men and women in ALL age groups.

The breakdown of diagnosed diabetics by demographic is as follows:

  • American Indians and Alaska Natives – 16.5%
  • Non-Hispanic Blacks – 11.8%
  • Hispanics – 10.4%
  • Puerto Ricans – 12.6% of Hispanics
  • Mexican Americans – 11.9% of Hispanics
  • Cubans – 8.2% of Hispanics
  • Asian Americans – 7.5%
  • Non-Hispanic Whites – 6.6%

Why are Diabetic Rates in America Increasing?

Diabetic rates are increasing year over year due to a surplus of free-radicals in our blood. We produce excessive free radicals due to stress, bad dieting, overexposure to electromagnetic fields, and ultraviolet radiation. WaterforLifeUSA.com suggests water as an answer to diabetes and free radicals. But not just regular water. Since free radicals need oxygen to survive, a water electrolyzer is suggested to diminish oxidation in the bloodstream. Electrolyzed water contains activated hydrogen which is found in nano colloids which are the minerals of electrolyzed water.

Are Men or Women More Susceptible to Diabetes?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) diabetes statistics, more men than women have diabetes, age 20 or older; about 10.9 million men suffer from diabetes while 9.7 million women have it.

Which Race/Ethnicity is More Susceptible to Diabetes?
The American Indian/Alaska Native race is more susceptible to diabetes than are Hispanic/Latin Americans, non-Hispanic Blacks or non-Hispanic Whites. Although diabetes is more prevalent – as a percentage – in all other races/ethnicities than in non-Hispanic whites, it is the non-Hispanic white segment that has the most amount of people with diabetes, 20 years of age or older.

  • American Indians/Alaska Natives are 2.2 times as likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with diabetes;
  • Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders are 2.0 times as likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with diabetes;
  • The Mexican American segment of Hispanic Latin Americans are 1.7 times as likely as non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes statistics and data are not available for other Hispanic Latin American segments;
  • Non-Hispanic Black are 1.8 times as likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be diagnosed with diabetes;
  • Non-Hispanic Whites – Over 13 million non-Hispanic whites in the United States suffer from diabetes which accounts for 62% of the 21 million people diagnosed with diabetes

Diabetes Statistics for Dogs and Cats
Roughly 1 in 500 dogs and 1 in 200 cats is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. These are approximate figures because these known diabetic cases are the results of visits to an animal veterinarian. There are many undiagnosed cases of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats, as well. The most common form of diabetes in dogs is Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Cats typically suffer fromType 2 diabetes mellitus.

Diabetes statistics for Dogs and Cats indicate that middle aged, spayed dogs are more susceptible to diabetes. Diabetes susceptibility in cats is more random in that there does not appear to be any relationship to age or gender although overweight cats are more likely to contract the diabetes disease than cats in good health and at typical weights.

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