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9 Diabetes Numbers You Need to Know

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According to Everyday Health, 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every day is a normal recommendation for people with diabetes.(1)

If you don’t currently have an exercise plan, be sure to start slow and work up to the recommended time.

9) Statistics

In the United States, over 9 percent of Americans have diabetes, which adds up to over 29 million people.(5) Another 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In 2010, diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

People of all ages are at risk for diabetes. Approximately 208,000 youth in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and over 11.8 million seniors have the disease.

If you have diabetes, knowing your numbers will help you control your disease and reduce your risks of serious complications. If you don’t have diabetes, knowing your numbers gives you the opportunity to track your health and be aware of changes that could lead to diabetes or other serious conditions.

If you have questions about diabetes or what your personal goals for any of these numbers should be, talk to your health care provider.

Reviewed December 12, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

1) 8 Numbers You Need to Know for Diabetes. Everyday Health. Jennifer Warner. Web. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/type-2-diabetes-live-better-guide/diabetes-numbers-know-pictures/#01

2) Diabetes: Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers. WebMD. Web. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/know-blood-sugar-numbers

3) Checking Your Blood Glucose. American Diabetes Association. Web. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/checking-your-blood-glucose.html?referrer=https://www.google.com

4) Kidney Disease (Nephropathy). American Diabetes Association. Web. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/kidney-disease-nephropathy.html

5) Statistics About Diabetes. American Diabetes Association. Web. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?referrer=https://www.google.com

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