Diabetes: The Facts
Total prevalence of diabetes
25.8 million children and adults in the US have diabetes — 8.3 percent of the population.
1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.
Cost of Diabetes
$245 billion: Total cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74.
The risk for STROKE is 2 to 4 times higher among people with diabetes.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure accounting for 44% of new cases in 2008.
About 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.
Adults with diabetes have heart disease death rates about 2 to 4 times higher than adults without diabetes.
More than 60% of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes.