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Diabetes Statistics

An estimated 20.8 million people -- 7 percent of the population -- have diabetes. Of that 20.8 million people, only 14.6 million have been diagnosed, meaning approximately 6.2 million people don't know they have the disease. According to available statistics on diabetes, African Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanic Americans are at higher risk for the disease.

An Introduction to Diabetes Statistics

Diabetes statistics indicate that 20.8 million people -- 7 percent of the population -- have the disease; however, only 14.6 million people have been diagnosed. That means that as many as 6.2 million people have diabetes and don't know it.
 

Statistics on Diabetes in People 20 Years of Age and Younger

About 176,500 people aged 20 years or younger have diabetes. This group represents 0.22 percent of all people in this age group.
 
About one in every 400 to 600 children and adolescents has type 1 diabetes.
 
Although type 2 diabetes can occur among youth, the nationally representative data that would be needed to monitor diabetes trends in youth by type are not available. Clinically based reports and regional studies suggest that type 2 diabetes, although still rare, is being diagnosed more frequently in children and adolescents, particularly in:
 
  • American Indians
  • African Americans
  • Hispanic/Latino Americans.
     

Diabetes in People 20 Years of Age and Older

Over 20 million people aged 20 years and older -- about 9.6 percent of all people in this age group -- have diabetes. Diabetes statistics show that more than 10 million people over the age of 60 (20.9 percent of people in the age group) have the disease.
 
Nearly 11 million men (10.5 percent of men in the age group) 20 years of age and older have diabetes, and 9.7 million women 20 or over have diabetes (8.8 percent of women in this age group).
 
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Prevention of Diabetes

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