How Many People Have Diabetes?

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In the United States, about 18 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, while about 5 million people have diabetes, but have not been diagnosed. Find out how around 57 million people in the U.S. are pre-diabetic with information from a family nurse practitioner in this free video on diabetes.

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How many people have diabetes? Hi I'm Amy Bull, Professor and Family Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. In the United States about 18 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes. That's a lot of people. What's scary though is that about five million people probably have the disease and don't even know it. Another 57 million people have what we call pre-diabetes, meaning they are at risk for diabetes but have yet to reach the target levels of blood sugar that are actually the diagnosis for diabetes. These people are at great risk and have no idea that they have the disorder. The 57 million people in the United States that have pre-diabetes do not have symptoms. They are unaware that they are at risk for developing diabetes. The patient with pre-diabetes is typically overweight and does not exercise. They typically follow a high calorie, high fat diet. However they can prevent developing diabetes by changing their lifestyle habits. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise they can prevent developing diabetes.

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