People who experience losses due to diabetes aren't just a statistics for people to look at. They are
our friends, teachers, brothers, sisters, and others that we lose if we don't learn about this deadly health
problem.
In 1995, about 16 million people in the U.S. had diabetes. But only 8 million had been diagnosed
with it. Isn't that scary? Over half didn't even know they had it and could slowly takeing their life by
eating the wrong foods for them. The number of people that were diagnosed with diabetes has gone from
1.6 million in 1958 to 8 million in 1995 which was five times what it was. And will contuine to go up as
the years go by and neew technology is developed to detect it. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of
death in the United States, it causes thousands of deaths a year, 400,000 to be exact. Those who suffer
from diabetes run risk of having.
1)Heart Disease
2)blindness
3)kidney failure
4)lower extremity amputainos not related to injury.
Diabetes and its complications happen to all Americans of any age, and of any race, and ethnic
groups. This disease hits the elderly the hardest, because they don't really have anyone to take care of them.
And somethimes they get forgetful and don't take medication or their insulin shots.
Heres a question "What is Diabetes?"
The word diabetes describes either a deficiency of insulin or a decreased ablitby of the body to
use insulin. Insulin is secreted by the pancreas. Insulin allows sugar to enter body cells to be converted in
to energy. It is also needed to synthesize protein and store fats. In uncontrolled diabetes glucose and lipids
remain in teh bloodstream, with time, damage teh body's vital organs and contribute to heart disease.
Diabetes is classified in to two main types: non-insulin-dependent diabetes and of course insulin-
dependent diabetes. The most common case is non insulin-dependent. If affects 90% of the people with
diabetes and will usually appear after the age of forty. But it can occur at any age, it most often appears in
childhood or the teen years.
What are some of the costs of Diabetes?
Diabetes puts a heavy burden on the nation every year. In 1992, over $92 billioin in direct and
indirect costs were spent on diabetes. The thing that contributed the most to these costs was complications
of diabetes. For example in 1992 the cost of treating kidney failure for 56,000 U.S. citizens with diabetes
was way over $2.1 billion, kidney failure alone. This however did not include the costs associated with
disabilities and premature death. Aslo in this same year medicare expenditures per person with diabetes on
kidney dialyais averaged $38,700 per person. Because kidney failure is on the rise they (government)
expects these figures to rise.
My mom is a diabetic, she is a non-insulin dependent one. I talked with her for a while. She said
that it was scary at first when she found out but when the doctor told her how she could control it really
easilly she felt better. She has to take pills for her diabetes, and one of the side effects is that she lost some
of her sight. She has lost it totally its just that its gotten worse its harder her for her to do the things she
likes to do with our glasses. She says she doesn't mind wearing glasses and takeing a few pills a day so she
doesn't have to worry about dieing. I thank the doctors that were able to detect the diabetes early because I
might not have had my mom with me today if they hadn't. He are just a few more stats. about diabetes.
The risk of stroke is 2 to 4 time higher among people with diabetes.
An estimated 60 to 65 percent of persons with diabetes have high blook pressure.

My sources are:
Http://www.cdcgov/nccd/p/p/ddt/ddthome.htm