On World Diabetes Day, half of diabetics don't know they have the disease

It's World Diabetes Day, but you may not even know you have the disease.

In a shocking report released by the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) today, results show that of the 371 million people who have diabetes, 187 million of them are completely in the dark about even having the condition.

Seventh leading cause of death in US

How is it possible that the seventh leading cause of death in the US goes unnoticed? It often doesn't have very noticeable symptoms--that is, until they get so bad that a person requires medical care. Diabetes can lead to a range of health problems, including serious complications like heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness and strokes. Jean Claude Mbanya, President of the IDF, expressed concern in a press release issued today:

"As millions of undiagnosed people develop diabetes complications, we can expect to see the mortality rate climb. On World Diabetes Day, we want to raise awareness that this disease can be controlled and in some cases prevented."

The report shows that 366 million people had diabetes last year, and about 4 million died from the disease. A projected 4.8 million diabetes-related fatalities are expected by the end of 2012. Even more interesting? Half of these deaths are predicted to be people under 60 years old.

Not just a Western disease

And while diabetes has long been thought of as mostly a Western-world problem, it seems the disease is starting to affect more third-world countries. Additionally, the report noted that four out of five people with diabetes live in low to middle class communities.

According to the IDF, about 552 million people globally will have diabetes by the year 2030. Diabetes organizations are urging people to get screened, and companies like CVS Pharmacy are offering free blood glucose panels to customers during the entire month of November.

Sources: CBS News, Fox News

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

It is common knowledge that people with (or without) diabetes should exercise regularly. But why is exercise so important if diet appears to be...

In an age of pharmaceuticals we tend to forget that there are things like herbal teas that can help improve our diabetes. Herbal teas are gaining...

It's important to follow a healthy diet if you have diabetes. Maintaining a frequent and nutritious eating schedule helps stabilize blood sugar...

The so-called "diabetic diet" is not a diet at all. In fact, there are several methods that can be used to create healthful meals that meet the...

There are two types of diabetes, and both children and adults can develop either type....

CoumadinĀ® (warfarin sodium) is a prescription medication that treats existing blood clots and aids in the prevention of new ones. Coumadin is...

Diabetes has a major impact on people who live with the disease, their family members, and society as a whole. According to the National...

Diabetic test strips are one of the biggest expenses in diabetes care. People who are on a fixed income need to watch every penny that they spend...

According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive alcohol consumption can increase a person's risk of developing type 2...

Diabetes can be deadly if left undiagnosed, so it is very important to pay attention to your body if you are displaying any of the symptoms. Early...

Diabetics are inundated with advice about the right foods to eat and which ones to avoid. Since particular foods can have more of an impact on...

If you're trying to follow a specific diet or stay on track with your weight, it might be wise to stay away from those friends who like pizza and...

A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is not a guarantee that you will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, it is...

During a time when sugary treats are found at every turn, steering clear of carbohydrate-rich cocktails becomes even more important for people...

Drinking beer or alcohol for that matter, can result in high blood sugar which is a condition when...