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Diabetes Alert Day

by Kristen Hogan | Mar 08, 2019

 

Tuesday, March 26, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day® and as the leading community-based organization committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of the Capital Area is encouraging people in the Capital Area to learn the risks of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and steps they can take to prevent the disease.

 

  • We encourage all community members to take a diabetes risk assessment by visiting ymca.net/diabetes. If you are at risk for prediabetes, it’s best to meet with your primary care physician to discuss your options.

     

  • Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 84.1 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, up from 79 million people in 2010. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

     

  • Having prediabetes means a person has elevated blood glucose levels that are not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are at risk for not only developing type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease and other conditions. 

     

  • In 2012, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion; $176 billion was in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.

 

SUPPORTING DATA:

 

About Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed more often in adults, and type 1 diabetes is diagnosed more often in children, but the rates of type 2 diabetes are increasing rapidly for both adults and children. 

     

  • African-Americans have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites. 

     

  • According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 77 percent higher for African-Americans when compared to non-Hispanic whites.

     

  • 4.9 million African Americans (13.2 percent) ages 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.
  • Adults with diabetes or prediabetes are at higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke than other groups of people.

     

  • People who are overweight, inactive and over the age of 45 are at risk for the disease.

     

  • If a person is at risk, a diabetes screening conducted by a health care provider can confirm if a person has diabetes or prediabetes. Medicare covers the cost of screenings for beneficiaries. 

     

  • Individuals can reduce their risk for developing diabetes. Research has shown that modest weight loss and regular, moderate physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among adults at risk. 

     

    • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than two times higher than for people without diabetes.

       

    • The average medical expenses for a person with diabetes are $13,700 per year.

       

    • In 2012, the total cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion; $176 billion was in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity.

       

      African-Americans and Diabetes:

Hispanic/Latinos and Diabetes:

  • Hispanic/Latinos have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites.

     

  • According to the CDC, the risk of a diabetes diagnosis is 66 percent higher among Hispanics/Latinos when compared to non-Hispanic whites.

     

  • 12.8 percent of Hispanics/Latinos ages 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.

     

  • Among Hispanics/Latinos, diabetes prevalence rates are 8.5 percent for Central and South Americans, 9.3 percent for Cubans, 13.9 percent for Mexican Americans, and 14.8 percent for Puerto Ricans.