25.5 million Americans suffer from diabetes, while another 57 million people – one-quarter of American adults – suffer from pre-diabetes.
Diabetes costs $175 billion per year, which is almost the equivalent of what America spent on the wars in the Middle East.
Diabetes is one of the biggest health expenses facing employers, costing $22.6 billion annually in worker absenteeism & reduced productivity.
In 2008, nearly one in five hospitalizations were diabetes-related, totaling more than 7.7 million stays & $83 billion in hospitalization costs – or 23% of total hospital costs in the U.S.
Diabetes is the #1 cause of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, non-trauma amputations, blindness & neuropathy.
According to United Health, by the year 2020, 50% of Americans will be facing Diabetes.