the impact of diabetes

diabetes mellitus - the impact of diabetes mellitus
January 1, 2007 4:34am CST
Over time, diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage. These types of damage are the result of damage to small vessels, referred to as microvascular disease. Diabetes is also an important factor in accelerating the hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis), leading to strokes, coronary heart disease, and other large blood vessel diseases. This is referred to as macrovascular disease. Diabetes affects approximately 17 million people (about 8% of the population) in the United States. In addition, an estimated additional 12 million people in the United States have diabetes and don't even know it. From an economic perspective, the total annual cost of diabetes in 1997 was estimated to be 98 billion dollars in the United States. The per capita cost resulting from diabetes in 1997 amounted to $10,071.00; while healthcare costs for people without diabetes incurred a per capita cost of $2,699.00. During this same year, 13.9 million days of hospital stay were attributed to diabetes, while 30.3 million physician office visits were diabetes related. Remember, these numbers reflect only the population in the United States. Globally, the statistics are staggering. Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer
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@thatmom2 (126)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I got a really good book out of the library called "diabetes a to z" it really breaks down all you need to know regarding this wide spread disease. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 and unfortunately, i know nothing important about it. although at least 45% of my family have it, ignorance was bliss. I recommend everyone to check themselves with there doctor. It doesnt really matter if you are overweight, or if you consume alot of sugar or not, from my understanding. i always thought, if you ate alot of junk food or ate unhealthy, then this would be your outcome, but that just not true. Diabetes is an epidemic thats becoming as widespread as Aids or cancer.
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@andygogo (1579)
• China
16 May 07
One of my relative die of this kind of disease :( Hope everyone keep good health.
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
i agree with you the number of people having diabetes worldwide keeps on increasing. during my duties in the hospital as a student nurse, ive cared for diabetic patients but what is sad is that they have complications. even some of them have amputated legs because of the wound that does not heal. blood circulation is very poor specially in the lower area of the body like the legs due to blood viscosity. with the kind of lifestyle that people have today, the statistics will really increase.