Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about diabetes
What causes diabetes?
While an exact cause has not been identified, diabetes is linked to uncontrollable factors such as genetics, race, age, and controllable environmental factors, such as obesity and lack of exercise.
Does diabetes have a cure?
Diabetes isn't a curable disease but it's manageable. With proper management, many of the serious complications can be prevented or minimized.
Who has diabetes and who's at risk?
What are the complications of diabetes?
- People with diabetes develop heart disease at twice the rate of those without diabetes, and 80 percent of people with diabetes die from heart or blood vessel disease.
- People with diabetes are five times more likely to have a stroke.
- People with diabetes who have already had a stroke are two to four times more likely to have another stroke.
- Of the new cases of blindness in persons age 20 to 74, diabetes is the leading cause.
- Each year, diabetes causes 12,000 to 24,000 people to lose their sight.
- Forty-three percent of new kidney disease cases are attributed to diabetes, and diabetes is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease.
- Diabetes is the most frequent cause of nontraumatic lower limb amputations.
- Every year, more than 82,000 people with diabetes have amputations, a fact that's not surprising when you consider that the risk of leg amputation alone is 15 to 40 times greater in persons with diabetes.
- Projections for 2003 predicted that more than 210,000 deaths in the United States would be caused from complications of diabetes.
What are the benefits of properly managing diabetes?
According to the Florida Department of Health, people who can control their diabetes by maintaining normal or close to normal blood sugar levels lower their risk of complications and gain, on average:
Where can I learn more about diabetes?
You can learn more by visiting the following web sites: