CDC: Number of people with Diabetes in the US more than 100 million

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its latest report on diabetes, and the results are more worrying than we could have thought. According to their data and research more than 100 million people in the US alone have diabetes. The number seems absurd at first – the population of the United States is around 323 million, which would mean that almost one third of all the people in the country have diabetes, yet that is exactly what the CDC reported.

The reason that their number is so high is simple – they aren’t just looking at diagnosed type 2 diabetes. Around 34 million people in the United States have diagnosed type 2 diabetes, but at the same time more than 80 million are ‘pre-diabetic’. Prediabetes is a recognized medical condition – it means that if the person maintains their current lifestyle and does not seek treatment, they will have type 2 diabetes within the next five years. This is a staggering number, and it highlights how important it is to solve this problem as much as it can.

There is still no ‘cure’ for diabetes, just methods to maintain the disease and keep the symptoms away. People don’t just have to worry about blood sugar – diabetes can also damage the immune system, and it can also result in infections that end up requiring amputations. This is why there is a lot of research happening all over the world on the disease itself, while others are coming up with solutions to control its symptoms. Other companies are opting to focus on some of the more pressing concerns, such as the heightened risk of an infection in diabetes patients which can end with them needing amputation.  

Linh Le