Facts about Diabetes
- Diabetes has no cure
- 20.8 million Americans have diabetes or 7% of the population
- 400,000 Kentuckians have diabetes
- Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not produce or properly respond to insulin, an essential hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy for daily life.
- Complications include heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage and severe infections leading to amputations.
- Diabetes is a silent killer. It will kill more people in the U.S. this year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
If you or someone you know has diabetes, there’s a lot you can do:
Take control of the disease. Research shows if you keep your blood sugar level close to normal, you can avoid or delay other health problems.
Are you or some you know at risk for diabetes?
You are at risk if:
- You are over the age of 45
- You are overweight
- You do not exercise regularly
- You have a family history of diabetes
- You delivered a baby weighing over 9 pounds
- You are African-American, Hispanic or Native American