NIFA Programs Helping to Combat America’s Growing Diabetes Crisis

Posted by Hope Marshall, National Institute of Food and Agriculture in

Research and Science

Nov 14, 2017

Oklahoma State University students Olivia Hawkins, left, and Lei Wu work on a project to study the health benefits of whole eggs in improving insulin resistance and lowering blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. (Photo courtesy of Dingbo Daniel Lin)

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, yet many are not aware that they have the deadly disease—or that it may be stalking them.

Worldwide, about 366 million people (about 5.2 percent) have diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the situation is even worse in this country: About 9.3 percent (29 million people) have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported that in 2015 diabetes was the underlying cause on nearly 80,000 death certificates, and a contributing cause on over 172,000 others. Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native adults are about twice as likely to have diagnosed diabetes as non-Hispanic white adults.

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