This month we’ll be collecting donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s North Florida Chapter at our registers. JDRF is a leader in setting the agenda for diabetes research worldwide and is the largest charitable funder of and advocate for type 1 diabetes research. Thank you in advance for your support!
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
The Scope of Diabetes
- Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes (7.8 percent of the population):
Diagnosed: 17.9 million
Undiagnosed: 5.7 million
- As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
- Diabetes currently affects 285 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 435 million by 2030.
- In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year.
The Cost of Diabetes
- Diabetes is one of the costliest chronic diseases.
- In 2007, diabetes accounted for $174 billion in health care costs in the U.S.
- Diabetes accounts for 32 percent of all Medicare expenditures.
- The nation spent $11,744 annually on each person with diabetes in 2007 compared to $2,935 on each person without diabetes.
- Americans with diabetes incur medical expenses that are approximately 2.3 times higher than those incurred by Americans without diabetes.
- U.S. hospital stays related to diabetes totaled $58.3 billion in 2007.
- An estimated 22 percent of hospital inpatient days in the U.S. were incurred by people with diabetes in 2007.