Addressing the Growing Epidemic of Diabetes and Prediabetes

February 22, 2013

November is National Diabetes Month – an opportunity for people to turn awareness into action and play a part in helping to tackle the epidemic, which is taking a toll on the health and financial well-being of individuals, families, communities, businesses and the nation’s health system.

A new survey conducted by UnitedHealth Group shows a majority of Americans recognize the threat diabetes poses to the nation’s health and have a solid understanding about the disease and its consequences.

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UnitedHealth Group’s national survey, conducted via telephone with more than 1,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older, found that:

  • 92 percent of respondents know there is a difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes;
  • 82 percent recognize that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable;
  • 73 percent believe they will not necessarily get diabetes just because it runs in their family;
  • 60 percent know the definition of the term “prediabetes”;
  • 84 percent are familiar with leading diabetes risk factors including: being overweight (80 percent), a family history of diabetes (76 percent), lack of exercise (74 percent), high blood pressure (59 percent), high cholesterol (58 percent), and being age 45 or older (48 percent); and
  • 85 percent have had their blood sugar level tested and know the result.

To learn more, read the press release and review the detailed Diabetes Health Month Survey Results. You may also download the Diabetes in America infographic and view the American Diabetes Health Month Top 10 List and learn more by visiting our Diabetes Education page.

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