Francine Kaufman, past president of the American Diabetes Association.About 18 million Americans have full-fledged diabetes, a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations and heart disease that claims 180,000 U.S. Lives a year.the vast majority with it, but the vast majority have type 2 diabetes, a disease develops, often in middle age, when their bodies lose the ability to turn blood sugar into energy.. But most of these people have no idea, they are at risk, said Dr.
The number leaped because doctors were the criteria for the diagnosis of pre-diabetes, according to studies that they were missing have changed too many at-risk patients. – ‘These latest figures show how urgent the problem really is,’said Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who announced this new data on federal health meeting in Baltimore. The good news is that modest diet and exercise can delay, if not prevent, the onset of diabetes in many pre – diabetics.