5,000 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every day in America. 95% of them go without diabetes education. We want to change that.
This one infographic just about explains it all...
Some Key Points:
- Diabetes affects 29 million children and adults in the U.S. That's 1 in 11 Americans.
- 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 90% of them didn't know they have it.
- People with diabetes are at higher risk of serious health complications: stroke, blindness, kidney disease, and loss of toes, feet, or legs.
- The total cost of diabetes and prediabetes in the U.S. is $322 billion.
- The average price of insulin increased nearly 3 times between 2002 and 2013.
We do have good news, however. It starts with education.
According to the AADE:
"In the recent past, it has become clear that patients who do not receive formal diabetes self-management education (DSME) have knowledge gaps, tend not to receive recommended preventive services, and are more likely to develop chronic complications than those who have received DSME."
A study by the National Institute of Health showed that diabetes education dramatically reduced average fasting blood glucose levels of participants. That's a pretty big deal. Lowering fasting blood glucose puts a "dent" in type 2 diabetes, and results in a better standard of living.
So, just to recap.
Diabetes education can:
- Cut into that $322 billion spent yearly
- Prevent some of those 86 million at risk from developing type 2 diabetes
- Improve the lives of those already suffering from this chronic illness
So where do we get started?
We want to provide more than pamphlets to the 95% of those diagnosed with diabetes who feel like (as it says in the video) they are being dropped off in the amazon jungle. We want to offer a guide, and a path, and walk along it with you.
Putting diabetes education to use is critical.
Community leaders rated different diabetes tools and unfortunately found several shortcomings.
The studies and community feedback show that we still need to make progress in:
- Continuous support
Providing these tools is essential in beginning to curb this epidemic.