According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), between 75% to 80% of diabetics will die of heart disease or stroke.
And here are just a few more facts directly from the American Diabetes Association:
- Nerve Damage: 60% to 70% of diabetics are affected by diabetic neuropathy.
- Amputations: Diabetes is the #1 cause of non-traumatic amputations; diabetics have a 40 times greater risk of leg amputations than people with normal blood sugar levels.
- Kidney Failure: Diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney failure, and is responsible for 40% of all new cases.
- Blindness: Diabetes is the #1 cause of blindness; diabetics are also at increased risk for glaucoma and cataracts.
- Other Complications: Diabetes also increases the risk for infections, impotence, digestive problems, memory loss, dementia, periodontal or gum disease, and a host of other problems.
Additionally, according to numerous research studies, including a recent study of over 1 million people, diabetics are also about 30% more likely to develop, and die from, cancer.
And if these statistics aren’t bad enough for you, the American Diabetes Association puts the number of diabetics in America at 20.8 million; with another 54 million having pre-diabetes, which places them at high risk for developing Type II diabetes.
Worse, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of American men today either have the disease, or are on the verge of developing it.
Since 1980, diabetic cases in the United States have sky-rocketed by an already alarming 47 percent, and this shocking trend is expected to go ballistic over the coming decade.
Pretty scary stuff…
- Trevor K. Neuman