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Diabetes Statistics

  • An estimated 60 to 65 percent of people with diabetes have high blood pressure.
  • 4 in 10 people with Diabetes develop complications.
  • In the USA, for instance, amputation of the lower limb happens 15 times more often in people with diabetes as opposed to those without.
  • Approximately 8.1 million or 8.2% of all women in the United States have diabetes, however, about a third of them do not know it.
  • Approximately 7.5 million or 8.2% of all men in the United States have diabetes, however, more than one third of these do not know it.

  • Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the United States and the single leading cause of kidney failure and non-traumatic amputation.
  • Women with diabetes are 7.6 times more likely to suffer from peripheral vascular disease.
  • Kidney disease is a frequent complication of diabetes, and often ends in kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease.
  • Diabetes can cause impotence.
  • Complications of diabetes include: blindness, kidney disease, amputations, heart attack and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of death by disease in Canada.
  • Each day approximately 2,200 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • The prevalence of diabetes among African Americans is about 70% higher than among white Americans.
  • For every six white Americans who have diabetes, 10 African Americans have diabetes.
  • People with diabetes have an average life expectancy 15 years less than those without diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the most frequent cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations.


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