Winning The Fight Against Diabetes

diabetes conceptual meter(BlackDoctor.org) The statistics are staggering. More than 18 million people–6 percent of the U.S. population–have diabetes. Of those, it is estimated that more than 5 million people don’t even know that they have the disease. And as if that’s not enough, the rate of diabetes among African-Americans has tripled in the last 30 years, with nearly 3 million African-Americans (11.4 percent of the total African-American population) current victims of the disease. Today, African-Americans are twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic Whites, and most likely to have complications from the disease.

FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

* Diabetes is the result of the body’s inability to produce or respond to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (blood sugar) to enter the cells of the body and produce energy.

* There is an estimated 5 million undiagnosed people with diabetes in the United States.