Data from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014
- Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes
- Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
- Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
If you are at risk for diabetes, whether it be hereditary or through your lifestyle, it is important that you talk to your doctor about ways that you can reduce your risk. It is also important to get tested regularly. Early detection of Type II diabetes ensures that you manage it properly and avoid some of the symptoms that go along with diabetes such as:
- skin complications
- eye complications
- peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in hands and feet)
- kidney disease
- high blood pressure
- DKA (Ketoacidosis) and Ketones
- heart disease