Type 2 Diabetes in the USA
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2022, an estimated 37.3 million people in the United States have diabetes, including 28.7 million who have been diagnosed and 8.5 million who are undiagnosed. Of those with diabetes, 95% have type 2 diabetes. Additionally, an estimated 96 million people in the United States have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body's cells do not respond normally to the hormone insulin. This can lead to high blood sugar levels and, eventually, diabetes. The exact number of people in the United States with insulin resistance is unknown, but it is estimated to be as high as 88 million. These numbers are alarming, as diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can lead to a number of health complications. These numbers are alarming, as diabetes is a serious chronic disease.
The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes is increasing in the United States. In 1990, an estimated 10.8 million people in the United States had diabetes. By 2022, that number had more than tripled to 37.3 million. The prevalence of prediabetes has also increased, from an estimated 27.8 million people in 1990 to 96 million in 2022.
The increase in the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes is due to a number of factors, including:
Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle.
Unhealthy diet consisting of processed foods, sugary drinks and simple carbohydrates.
Family history of diabetes
Certain ethnic groups
Certain medical conditions
Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can lead to a number of health complications, including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and amputation. Prediabetes is a serious condition that can increase the risk of developing diabetes and other health problems.
If you have prediabetes, it is important to talk to your doctor about ways to reduce your risk of developing diabetes. There are a number of things you can do to reduce your risk, including losing weight, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, and taking medication if needed.