More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know

CDC: June 10, 2014

Prevention efforts crucial to combat serious health risks

People with diabetes often use a blood glucose monitoring device to help them maintain healthy glucose levels.

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.  Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.  Read More