EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, according to the CDC. It’s a lifestyle change that can come unexpectedly but there are ways to still enjoy life to the fullest.
Melissa Eslinger, CMA and Certified Health and Wellness Coach; and Stacy Getten, MS RDN CDE, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes with Marshfield Clinic joined Hello Wisconsin.
The rate of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States has begun to fall, but the numbers are still very high. More than 29 million Americans are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a person's risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to reverse the US diabetes epidemic by tracking disease trends, focusing on prevention, identifying effective treatments, and improving medical care.
Public Health Problem
People with diabetes either don't make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or can't use insulin properly (type 2 diabetes). Insulin allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter cells, where it can be used for energy. When the body doesn't have enough insulin or can't use it effectively, blood sugar builds up in the blood. High blood sugar levels can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes, and type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5%. The health and economic costs for both are enormous:
Live Life to its Fullest with Diabetes
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