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The Facts About Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that leads to high levels of blood sugar (glucose). It happens when the body does not make any or enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, but people with diabetes can take steps to manage the disease and lower the chance of health problems.

You may have wondered if you are at risk for developing diabetes, or you may have been told you have prediabetes. If so, you should know that diabetes prevention is proven, possible, and powerful. Studies show that people at high risk for type 2 diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Data and Statistics on Diabetes

Fast Facts

Total: 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes

Diagnosed: 21.0 million people

Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed)

NDEP Infographics: How Diabetes Affects Specific Populations

 

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4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life

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These four steps help people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication is excellent for people newly diagnosed with diabetes or who just want to learn more about controlling the disease.

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Choose More than 50 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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This tip sheet helps African Americans at risk for type 2 diabetes find ways to move more, make healthy food choices, and track their progress with making lifestyle changes to lower their risk.

How to Help Your Children Stay Healthy: Tips to Lower Their Chances of Getting Type 2 Diabetes

How to Help Your Children Stay Healthy: Tips to Lower Their Chances of Getting Type 2 Diabetes

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This tip sheet explains what type 2 diabetes is and provides great ideas parents can use to help their children be active and eat healthier to prevent type 2 diabetes.

It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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This tip sheet helps older adults take steps to prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes Prevention Program and Outcomes Study Overview

Diabetes Prevention Program and Outcomes Study Overview

Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a major clinical trial aimed at discovering whether either diet and exercise or the oral diabetes drug metformin could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

National Diabetes Education Program: An Overview

National Diabetes Education Program: An Overview

Learn more about the National Diabetes Education Program's initiatives, goals and partnership network.

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