The State of Diabetes in the US 2017

The State of Diabetes in the US 2017


(bubbly music) – Hi, I’m Joan Lunden. Based on data released by the CDC, there’s a good chance that
you or someone you know is going to be affected by diabetes. More than 30 million
Americans already have it, and more and more children are developing what used to be called
adult-onset diabetes. Joining me now is Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the CDC’s Division
of Diabetes Translation, and their Associate
Director of Communications, Stephanie Creel. I mean, the numbers,
ladies, are so staggering. Stephanie, what can you tell us about the National Diabetes Statistics Report? – Well, the numbers are just
that, they’re staggering. We know that 30 million
Americans in our country are living with diabetes, and that’s in addition
to the 84 million people who are living with prediabetes, which means over a hundred
million people in our nation are living with either
diabetes or prediabetes. – That’s like one-third
of the whole country. – That’s right, that’s right. – You know, when you
start thinking about this and the medical cost involved in it, I mean, this is an epidemic that could be so incredibly expensive to us as a nation. – Well, diabetes is expensive, and it’s not only the medical cost, but it’s a number of
costs, 245 billion dollars. We cannot sustain that kind of trajectory. And it impacts our workforce. We need a healthy workforce
for important productivity. We need a healthy military
to defend our country. – As a mom, I was really
alarmed to see the spike in the number of young
children developing diabetes. Why is it more serious
when you’re diagnosed at a very young age? – Well, the longer you live
with diabetes, it increases your likelihood of developing
those complications. It really underscores even more why you’ve got to take good
care all along the way. Important to help our children develop that good care early on, and certainly for everybody with diabetes, to do all that you can to manage diabetes. – Such important information
for every one of us and for us as a country. And to learn more about
preventing and managing diabetes, visit cdc.gov/diabetestv. We’ll see you next time. I’m Joan Lunden. – [Voiceover] Sponsored
by NACDD, with support from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Visit cdc.gov/diabetestv. (bubbly music)

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