Dangers of Diabetes
Almost everyone knows someone who has diabetes. An estimated 18.2 million
people in the United States—6.3 percent of the population—have diabetes, a
serious, lifelong condition. Of those, 13 million have been diagnosed, and about
5.2 million people have not yet been diagnosed. Each year, about 1.3 million
people aged 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism—the way our bodies use digested food for
growth and energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, the form
of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body.