Originally published on Sat November 17, 2012 5:22 am
When it comes to diabetes, just about everyone has heard there's an epidemic upon us.
In 2010, about 18.8 million people of all ages in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 7 million had diabetes but hadn't been diagnosed.
How much have things changed?
Back in 1995, about 4.5 percent of adults in the U.S. had been diagnosed with diabetes. By 2010, the prevalence had zoomed to 8.2 percent.
Type 2 diabetes â€“ the kind related to obesity and an unhealthy diet â€“ gets a lot of attention these days. But thereâ€™s another, less common, form of the disease â€“ type 1 â€“ that can also lead to life-threatening complications.