Monday, January 22nd, 2018
According to the American Diabetes Association, it is currently estimated that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, which is roughly 8.3 percent of the U.S. population; approximately one out of every eight people. Of these, about 18.8 million have been diagnosed while 7 million do not even know they have the disease. It is further estimated that 79 million Americans are prediabetic and will become diabetic in their life time.
In 2010, it was discovered that about 1.9 million people, ages 20 or older, were newly diagnosed with diabetes. This means that diabetes is on the rise and has already reached epidemic proportions in the American population.
According to 2013 data, the annual economic costs of diabetes in the United States has reached $245 billion for treatment of diagnosed diabetes. Of this, approximately $176 billion is spent on direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity. After adjusting for population age and gender differences, the average medical expenditures for diagnosed diabetics were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. Clearly, this disease is taking a heavy toll in human life, the quality of life, and the economic impact that is necessary to deal with it.
This site has been created to help diabetics, or family members and loved ones of diabetics, access valuable information that may help control the disease and the complications associated with it. I have attempted to provide a variety of relevant and helpful sources of knowledge in a convenient one-stop-site to save time and facilitate diabetes education and healing. Please bookmark this site and return to it often to review the fresh content, which is updated weekly. Knowledge is key to understanding this disease and the treatment options available, so I have listed some of the best books available to help you begin your research. It is important for you to know that you have to take responsibility for treating this disease yourself, and that Type II diabetes is a essentially rooted in your food choices….a matter of your diet. No one can watch over you 24/7 to make sure you eat properly, or take your medication, so you must arm yourself with knowledge and adopt positive life style changes in order to have a quality life. Type II diabetes can be reversed, but it is entirely up to you. Here are some books that will help you get started.