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CDC: 26 million Americans have diabetes

from WebMD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about 26 million adult Americans have diabetes and that 79 million more have prediabetes, a condition that raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not so high as to result in a diagnosis of diabetes. "These distressing numbers show how important it is to prevent type 2 diabetes and to help those who have diabetes manage the disease to prevent serious complications such as kidney failure and blindness," Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation, says in a news release. In addition to well-known health problems caused by diabetes, periodontal disease also is more common in people with diabetes. About one-third of people with diabetes have severe periodontal disease, according to the CDC fact sheet. more

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