• 7.2 Million Americans Don’t Know They Have Diabetes

    According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.2 million people living in the United States are living with diabetes and do not know they have it. 

    An estimated 30.3 million people (9.4%) in the US have diabetes, but 7.2 million of them (23.8%) haven’t been diagnosed. This information, along with a number of other new diabetes statistics, is featured in the CDC’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, which is based on data from 2015. Overall, the rate of new cases of diabetes among US adults has gone down, and the rate of new cases among children and adolescents has gone up.

    The report also found that the diabetes rate for Hispanics (12.1%), non-Hispanic blacks (12.7%), and Native Americans/Alaska Natives (15.1%) were markedly higher than the 7.4% rate of non-Hispanic whites. The diabetes rate among Asians was 8%.

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