On July 18th, 2017 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released The National Diabetes Statistics Report, which revealed over 100 million U.S. adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes.

The report finds that in 2015 30.3 million Americans or 9.4% of the U.S. population have diabetes. Additionally, 84.1 million people have prediabetes, with a third of these adults not knowing they are at risk.

The CDC suggests that the rate of diabetes remains steady and poses a growing health concern in the U.S.

Key Findings:

  • 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults (18 and older), in 2015;
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults have diabetes. 7.2 million adults didn’t know they had diabetes and only 11.6% of adults knew that were prediabetic
  • Age contributes to the increased rates of diabetes, and is higher in American Indians/Alaska Natives, non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics compared with Asians and non-Hispanic whites

The CDC established the National Diabetes Prevention Program, to reduce the impact of prediabetes and development of type 2 diabetes – this program offers a framework for prevention efforts in the U.S.