Healio reports on the CDC’s 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report, which says “approximately 34.1 million U.S. adults – more than 1 in 10 – have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and 7.3 million of those adults who met laboratory criteria were unaware or did not report having the disease.” In addition, the report “revealed that age-adjusted prevalence of total diabetes increased among adults between 1999 and 2016, rising from 9.5% in 1999-2002 to 12% in 2013-2016.” During the past decade, however, “new diabetes cases decreased…except among children and adolescents.”
This number is expected to rise across all ages groups. Another type of diabetes – Diabetes Type 3 – has been proposed.
Diabetes, although not usually lethal, causes damage to many organ systems. More often than not, the cause of death for a person with diabetes is from complications associated with diabetes. Such as was the case with my own father, who died of a heart attack after being diabetic for about 20 years. He also suffered kidney and eye issues as a result of his diabetes.