CDC RELEASED DIABETES REPORT    dentist, Albuquerque

The CDC released a report from 2015 stating that more than 100 million adults in the US have diabetes or prediabetes.  About 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, with 84.1 million having prediabetes, which can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Patients with diabetes have an increased risk of premature death, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, and amputation of legs, toes or feet. Nearly one fourth of US adults having diabetes, over 7.2 million people, didn’t know they had the disease.

Diagnosed rates of diabetes increased with age.  The rate among those under 44 years was 4%; those 45 to 64 had a rate of 17%;  among those 65 years old and older the rate was 25%.

The rates differed significantly based on ethnicity with native American Indians having a rate of 15.1%. blacks 12.7%, Asians 8.0%, whites 7.4%. Rates varied significantly with level of education, with those with lowest levels of education having nearly a 50% higher rate than those with the highest levels of education.  Men also had a higher rate than women.

An article on the report in Dentistry Today Online can be read by clicking here.

Diabetes also has dental impacts, increasing the rate and severity of periodontal disease and dental decay.  At Clark Family Dental we encourage people who have diabetes to seek treatment and follow medical recommendations.  We care about your health.

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