November is National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes and the KCHC works hard to educate Kenosha County on risk-factors and empower healthy lifestyles. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. One in 10 Americans have diabetes — that’s more than 30 million people.
Diabetes is a controllable, lifelong condition affecting nearly 1 in 10 adults, and an estimated 6,500 children and adolescents in Wisconsin.1, 2 Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high blood glucose (sugar) levels caused by the body’s inability to make insulin (a hormone), the body’s inability to use the insulin it makes effectively, or both.
Diabetes can cause serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and eye and foot problems. Fortunately, research studies have found that moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults.
According to the Wisconsin American Diabetes Associates, every year an estimated 30,000 people in Wisconsin are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is expensive: People with diabetes have medical expenses approximately 2.3 times higher than those who do not have diabetes. Total direct medical expenses for diagnosed diabetes in Wisconsin were estimated at $4.1 billion in 2017.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Atlanta, GA.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services; 2017.
Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH) Query Tool. Accessed July 11, 2017.
National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011-2012 Survey.