A Snapshot Of Diabetes Today

An adult son posing with his senior father(BlackDoctor.org) — Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both.

Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

How many Americans have diabetes and pre-diabetes?

• 5.8 million Americans have diabetes — 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease.

• In 2010, about 1.9 million people ages 20 or older were diagnosed with diabetes.