This podcast describes the impact of the increasing numbers of people with diabetes in the U.S. and what can be done to control the disease. Created: 10/4/2007 by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT).
Date Released: 11/1/2007. Series Name: Diabetes.
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Welcome to this podcast series on diabetes, brought to you by the National Diabetes Education Program or NDEP. NDEP is a joint initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.
Diabetes is serious, common, and costly, yet controllable.
* Over 4100 people are diagnosed with diabetes in the United States every day.
* Fifty-five go blind.
* One hundred and twenty have kidney failure.
* Two hundred and thirty get a limb amputated.
* That’s every single day.
What is diabetes?
* Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.
* Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
Diabetes is serious.
* Diabetes is the number one cause of acquired blindness, kidney failure, non-traumatic amputation and a contributor to the number one cause of death in the United States: heart attack and stroke.
* Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in America
Diabetes is common.
* Almost 21 Americans have diabetes — 7 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, about one third don’t know they have the disease.
* Each year, about 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes.
* One in five Americans ages 60 or older have diabetes.
* The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has increased almost 1000% from 1.5 million in 1958 to 14.6 million in 2005, an increase of epidemic proportions.
Diabetes is costly.
* Diabetes costs the nation about $132 billion annually in direct medical costs such as hospitalization and treatment and indirect costs such as disability payments, time lost from work, and premature death.
Diabetes is controllable.
* Studies have found that controlling blood glucose (or blood sugar) reduces the risk of eye, kidney, and nerve diseases by 40%.
* Blood pressure control reduces the risk of heart disease or stroke among persons with diabetes by one third to one half.
* Improved control of cholesterol can reduce heart disease or stroke among people with diabetes by 20% to 50%.
To learn more about diabetes and to order free educational materials, please visit www.ndep.nih.gov or call the National Diabetes Education Program at 1-800-438-5383.
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