Facts about diabetes and its health threats in Dallas and North Texas
Diabetes is group of chronic diseases that involve problems in the regulation of blood sugar. The two most common types of diabetes are, type 1 and type 2. Both result from the body's inability to either produce or respond adequately to insulin.
Diabetes is a real, increasing, and potent threat to the health of communities across the country. Here are some quick facts about the disease:
- According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 95% have type 2 diabetes, a condition characterized by high blood glucose levels caused by either a lack of insulin or the body's inability to use insulin efficiently. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults.
- Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
- According to the Texas Department of Health in 2001, more than 7 percent of people in Dallas County have diabetes, a rate that’s higher than the national or state average.
- Diabetes is more common among African Americans and Hispanics than among Caucasians.
- Left untreated, diabetes can cause severe and irreversible damage to nearly every organ in the body.
- People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke, or to die of heart disease, than people without the disease.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness among adults aged 20 to 74, and a leading overall cause of amputations and physical disability.
- Careful treatment and close management can greatly reduce the risks of diabetes.
Learn more about diabetes in the online diabetes health library.
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