Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a press release on June 10, 2014. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and one in four doesn’t even know. These estimates are up from 26 million in 2010. Another 86 million are pre-diabetic. That’s more than one in three adults in the United States. “These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”
Key findings from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 (based on health data from 2012), include:
- 29 million people in the United States (9.3 percent) have diabetes.
- 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2012.
- Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.
- 208,000 people younger than 20 years have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2).
- 86 million adults aged 20 years and older have pre-diabetes.
- The percentage of U.S. adults with pre-diabetes is similar for non-Hispanic whites (35 percent), non-Hispanic blacks (39 percent), and Hispanics (38 percent).
(link to snapshot below: http://www.cdc.gov//diabetes/pubs/statsreport14.htm)