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Diabetes by the Numbers

The statistics about diabetes are alarming. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2020 estimates that more than 34 million Americans suffer from diabetes, including more than 7 million who are undiagnosed. That’s one in every 10 people.

Millions more are at risk for the disease, including 86 million people with pre-diabetes. That’s one out of every three.

Researchers at the University of Texas El Paso reported in July that 40% of those who have died from COVID-19 complications had diabetes. That’s two in every five deaths.

Diabetes inhibits the immune system’s ability to fight infections. That’s why the CDC recommends that those with diabetes or at risk for developing it be vaccinated against COVID-19, including the recommended booster. The CDC also recommends vaccinations for the seasonal flu, pneumonia, Tdap, Hepatitis B, and shingles.

The American Diabetes Association sponsors the annual awareness month. This year’s theme is “We Stand Greater Than Diabetes.”

NMHC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Center can assess your risk for diabetes. The Center offers the following services:

Diabetes Self-Management Education;

Diabetes Prevention Program;

Medical Nutrition Therapy;

Nutrition Counseling & Education;

Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Support Group; and,

Weight Loss Support Group.

Reducing your risk of diabetes and managing your type 1 or type 2 diabetes has never been more important. Call the Diabetes & Nutrition Center today at 660-627-4493, ext. 412.



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