Diabetes by the Numbers [Infographic]

November 26, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle

We Americans love our sweets, that’s a fact. There are hundreds of varieties of candies and cakes out there; enough to satisfy even the largest of sweet-tooths (you can even get fried Coca-Cola at some county fairs! Fried soda!). Though we do love these treats, there should be general restraint used. That’s not to say they should be cut out entirely; eating sweets in limited quantity every once in awhile might not be so bad, but it’s once you start habitually over-consuming that the problems can occur. One of the (obvious) unintended consequences of this sugar over-consumption is the toll that can be taken on your health, specifically in the form of diabetes.

Today’s infographic from jsonline.com gives us an overview of Americans with diabetes. According to the graphic, more than 8% of the U.S. population has diabetes. While that might not seem like a huge percentage, it still equals out to around 28 million people who are afflicted! Diabetes is also a leading cause of limb amputation, but with comprehensive foot care programs the number of limbs lost could be reduced drastically.

For more information on diabetes in America refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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  • Diabeticon

    This post angers me. I am a Type 1 Diabetic and these types of posts/articles/statistics just lump Type 1 with Type 2 and, thus, every time I tell someone I am diabetic they ask me “Oh, so you must have been fat, right?”
    Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is an autoimmune response where the body actually attacks the pancreas’ insulin producing cells and stops the body from making it’s own supply, hence injecting insulin (and this is 99% of cases, there are rare cases of injury to the pancreas). It is in no way connected to eating sweets or obesity, like you insinuated. Type 2, as a matter of fact, also strikes people who are not obese because it is not completely correlated to weight. Type 2 is not the stop in production of insulin but an impairment of insulin sensitivity. It is, technically, more a syndrome than a disease. Then there are the myriad other, and rarer, types of diabetes that never get coverage. MODY, a form that has been conclusively linked to chromosomal disorder, has numerous sub-types classified by the affected genes as well as gestational diabetes, where the stress of carrying a fetus impairs insulin sensitivity and production, which usually dissipates after delivery.
    I guess most of my gripe here is with your write-up and not the graphic, but you are just furthering mis-information to your readers by not being accurate with your statements. I would love if people who actually pass on information cared what they said and would distinguish the actual disease they are writing about rather than grouping together an array of very disparate illnesses. People are careful to let people know what type of cancer they are talking about but the same care is not taken with Diabetes, sadly.

    That’s my rant for the day. Good night.

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