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In light of startling new CDC statistics, DAA says now is the time to enact the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act.

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ADA diabetes screening guidelines, as compared with USPSTF, could find millions more US adults with prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes, says new study in Population Health Metrics.

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Q&A and Resources documents on diabetes prevention, part of the DAA’s work with Healthy People 2020, are now available.

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Diabetes Facts & Figures – Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes the official National Diabetes Fact Sheet and has updated this information piece for 2011.
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Some highlights include:

  • 25.8 million in America with diabetes (this total figure includes both diagnosed and undiagnosed)
    • 18.8 million have been diagnosed with diabetes
    • 7.0 million are undiagnosed
  • The incidence – number of new cases – of diabetes in 2010 was 1.9 million
  • The prevalence of diabetes among adults age 20 and older is 11.3%
  • An estimated 79 million (35%) US adults age 20 and older have prediabetes
  • Diabetes hits hard at the population of adults age 65 and older:
    • 10.9 million (26.9%) had diabetes in 2010
    • 50% are estimated to have prediabetes
  • Diabetes disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minority populations:
    • Compared to non-Hispanic white adults, the risk of diagnosed diabetes was 18% higher among Asian Americans, 66% higher among Hispanics, and 77% higher among non-Hispanic blacks
    • Among Hispanics compared to non-Hispanic white adults, the risk of diagnosed diabetes was about the same for Cubans and for Central and South Americans, 87% higher for Mexican Americans, and 94% higher for Puerto Ricans
  • The total estimated cost of diabetes to America is $245 billion:
    • $176 billion in total direct costs for diabetes
    • $69 billion in total indirect costs for diabetes