Diabetes Facts

  • About one third of all people who have diabetes do not know they have the disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.
  • Only about five percent of all people who have diabetes have type 1.
  • If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.
  • A meal plan for a person who has diabetes isn’t very different from those recommended for people without diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.
  • People who have diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease as people without diabetes.
  • Maintaining control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.
  • Given the connection between obesity and diabetes, some people have reduced their symptoms with the help of bariatric surgery and exercise.
  • Fifteen percent of diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point. Foot ulcers are the most common wounds for those with diabetes, and if not treated properly they can lead to amputation.