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Did You Know?

  • Diabetes can shorten your life span by 15 years for American Indians and Alaska Natives (Source: IHS)
  • From 1980 through 2009, the number of adults in the United States aged 18-79 with newly diagnosed diabetes more than tripled from 493,000 in 1980 to more than 1.8 million in 2009. (Source: CDC)
  • About 16.1% of American Indians and Alaska Natives ages 20 years and older who are served by the Indian Health Service have diagnosed diabetes (Source: NDEP)
  • During the next 25 years, the number of Americans with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes could nearly double, from approximately 23.7 million today to 44.1 million in 2034 (Source: AMA – American Medical News)
  • Total health care and related costs for the treatment of diabetes run about $174 billion annually. Of this total, direct medical costs (e.g., hospitalizations, medical care, treatment supplies) account for about $116 billion. (Source: NDEP)


Diabetes Is Preventable!


Diabetes Complications

Heart Disease

There’s a big link between diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.  In fact, two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke, also called cardiovascular disease.  Clogged blood vessels can lead to heart attack, stroke, and other problems.  But there are treatments for heart disease, stroke, and blood vessel disease.

Kidney Failure

When our bodies digest the protein we eat, the process creates waste products.  In the kidneys, millions of tiny blood vessels with even tinier holes in them, act as filters.  Useful substances, such as protein and red blood cells, are too big to pass through the holes in the filter and stay in the blood.  Diabetes can damage this system.  High levels of blood sugar make the kidneys filter too much blood.  All this extra work is hard on the filters.  Diabetic kidney disease can be prevented by keeping blood sugar in your target range.

Loss of Vision

You may have heard that diabetes causes eye problems and may lead to blindness.  People with diabetes do have a higher risk of blindness than people without diabetes.  But most people who have diabetes have nothing more than minor eye disorders.  With regular checkups, you can keep minor problems minor.  And if you do develop a major problem, there are treatments that often work well if you begin them right away.