Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide


About Diabetes

29.1 million Americans live with diabetes, more than 9 percent of the population.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that people with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on medical needs than their peers.

Over 23,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes each year. 

86 million people, more than one in three adults, have prediabetes. 

Risk of death for adults with diabetes is 50% higher than for those without. 

$245 billion dollars are spent for direct and indirect medical costs (disability, work loss, premature mortality).

Medical costs for those with diabetes is twice as high as for those without. 

Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.

Diabetes in the United States

Data collected in 2015

Mississippi has the highest rate of diabetes at 14.7 percent. Ten of the 12 states with the highest type 2 diabetes rates are in the South. Nationwide, diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years — from 5.5 percent (1994) to 9.3 percent in 2012. More than 29 million American adults have diabetes and another 86 million have prediabetes. The CDC projects that one-in-three adults could have diabetes by 2050. More than one-quarter of seniors (ages 65 and older) have diabetes (25.9 percent or 11 million seniors). Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for around $245 billion in medical costs and lost productivity each year. 

Statistics: http://stateofobesity.org/diabetes/

The Latest in Diabetes: Artificial Pancreas

May 2, 2017

The first so-called artificial pancreas systems – wearable devices that take charge of the crucial process of measuring glucose levels and delivering precise doses of insulin –  are now beginning to come to market.

That’s welcome news for the nation’s 30 million diabetics, who stand not only to get some relief from the seemingly incessant stream of lancets, test strips and syringes, but also to stay healthier. That’s because an artificial pancreas can keep the disease on a tighter leash than they can, by testing more frequently and delivering more precise insulin doses.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2017/05/02/first-artificial-pancreas-systems-coming-market/100704988/


Diabetes Update

November 14, 2012

Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed, according to a report on Wednesday.  The number of people living with diabetes is now put at 371 million, up from 366 million a year ago, with numbers expected to reach 552 million by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) said.


EU approves experimental diabetes drug

November 14, 2012

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Drugmakers Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and AstraZeneca PLC say their experimental diabetes pill has gotten its first major approval, in the European Union.

Forxiga (for-SEE'-gah), a once-a-day pill for adult Type 2 diabetes patients, is the first drug approved in a new class called SGLT2 inhibitors.


Diabetes Treatment That Works

November 14, 2012
Diabetes. It is everywhere you look, if you have an eye for such things. It is estimated that one dollar out of every ten spent on health care in the United States is related to diabetes. There are currently more than 25 million people in the U.S. with the disease. That number is expected to grow considerably over the next generation.


Diabetes An Increasing Problem In The Region

November 14, 2012

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and this is an especially important time for awareness in the Unitied States.
Total prevalence of diabetes

Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes.

Diagnosed: 18.8 million people

Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people

Prediabetes: 79 million people*

New Cases: 1.9 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older in 2010.


Type 1 Diabetes Stem Cell Breakthrough Moves Towards Cure

In a breakthrough that signifies a move toward a cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers in Australia have identified stem cells in the pancreas that can be turned into insulin-producing cells. The finding promises to bring closer the day when people with type 1 diabetes will be able to produce their own insulin in their own regenerated insulin-producing pancreatic cells.


How To Find The Best Hospital For Diabetes

August 13, 2012 - Most medical problems can be cured or fixed, diabetes isn't one of them. It is a lifelong condition, kept in check by driving down blood glucose to a healthy level and keeping it tightly controlled with a combination of medications that lower blood sugar, proper diet, regular exercise and other lifestyle changes. 


On February 17, 2007 Miranda Maria Leavitt passed away from complications with Diabetes. A year later, the communities in the Mt.Washington Valley of New Hampshire and Miranda's hometown friends and family in Fryeburg,  Maine supported the efforts and started The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.

Miranda Fund, c/o Memorial Hospital Foundation
3073 White Mountain Highway
North Conway, NH 03860

ph: 603-986-5939

Click here to donate directly to the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund