If the trend continues, the CDC predicts that one-third of Americans will have diabetes by 2050.
Costs associated with diabetes are just as daunting: To date, $176 billion was spent for direct medical costs, and reduced productivity has cost the U.S. economy another $69 billion. The affliction can lead to a number of other health issues, including foot problems, blindness, and kidney and heart disease.
The World Health Association and the International Diabetes Foundation established Nov. 14 as World Diabetes Day in 1991. The event is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign, and promotes the importance of coordinated multinational action to confront diabetes as a global health issue.