Diabetes - A National Epidemic
30.3 million people in the U.S. have diabetes or about 1 out of every 10 people. 84.1 million people in the U.S. or more than 1 out of 3 adults have prediabetes.
The risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for adults without diabetes.
The Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease
Adults with diabetes are 2 – 4 times more likely to have cardiovascular disease than people without the disease. For adults over the age of 60, having type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease shortens the life expectancy by an average of 12 years.