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Your risk for diabetes increases if you are carrying extra pounds. In fact, being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for diabetes.
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Diabetes Statistics
Diabetes Statistics General diabetes statistics Diabetes affects an estimated 25.8 million people in the U.S. (90% to 95% have type 2 diabetes)--18.8 million have been diagnosed, but 7 million are unaware they have the disease. According to the American Diabetes Association and the CDC, those affected include: 12.6 million U.S. women (10.8% of all women age 20 or older) 13 million U.S. men (11.8% of all men age 20 or older) 215,000 people younger than age 20 10.9 million adults older than age 65 4.9 mil...
Answers to Your Diabetes Questions
Answers to Your Diabetes Questions What is diabetes? It's not an illness you can catch like a cold or cure like an infection. It's a condition in which your body can't maintain the right level of blood sugar, or glucose -- the source of energy that powers muscles, organs and other body systems. There are three types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin. This illness is believed to be a type of autoimmune disease. A person with this type of diabetes has certain g...