Diabetes Mellitus refers to a group of diseases in which the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high. In Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. In Type 2 diabetes, previously known as adult-onset diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body does not use it properly.
Each year 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. To date over 30 million Americans, approximately 10% of the population, have diabetes, primarily Type 2 diabetes. In the senior population that percentage jumps to 25%.
How serious is diabetes? It is the seventh leading cause of death in the US, with nearly 80,000 death certificates listing it as a primary cause of death in 2015. More than 250,000 death certificates listed it as a contributing cause of death.
The good news is that while genetic factors do play a role, an unhealthy lifestyle — which is in one’s own power to change — is the primary risk factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to causing death, diabetes brings with it a wide variety of issues that strongly impact the health and well-being of diabetics.
Here are 10 facts that demonstrate the severity of diabetes:
- One in every three people with diabetes is unaware that they have it.
- 37% of US adults have prediabetes, a condition in which the body still utilizes insulin, but not optimally.
- Up to 30% of prediabetics will develop diabetes within five years.
- People who smoke are 30 to 40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who do not smoke.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of foot and leg amputations, accounting for 60% of all cases.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, accounting for 44% of all cases.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness.
- Diabetics spend $2.31 on medical care for every $1 spent by nondiabetics.
- One in every ten healthcare dollars is spent caring for complications of diabetes.
- If present trends continue, as many as one in every three American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
At the Regency Nursing and Rehabilitation Centers, we offer the very best of care in a patient-centered environment. This means doing everything we can to manage – or even better, to prevent — diabetes.
It also means maintaining the highest professional and quality standards in our staff and our facilities. Our 25 years of excellent care have led to us being awarded a Best Nursing Homes award by US News & World Today, a 5-Star rating by USA Today, and an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, among many other awards.
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