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April 29, 2008 at 5:29 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Diabetes Rates Much Lower In Canada

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Diabetes Prevalence: United States

The prevalence of diabetes in the United States is steadily climbing. Currently, it's estimated that 18 million Americans have diabetes. With the United States' population being near 300 million, approximately 7% of Americans have diabetes. Many of these individuals may not even know of their diabetic condition. The United States currently ranks third in the overall prevalence of diabetes, India and China both have higher rates. The following is a list of incidence rates within the United States:

  • Diagnosed: 13 million
  • Undiagnosed: 5 million
  • Pre-diabetes: 54 million

Diabetes Prevalence: Canada

With a total population of over 33 million, Canada has a very low prevalence rate of diabetes. Approximately 2 million individuals in Canada have diabetes, which is calculated to affect approximately 6% of the total population. Also, the increase for this percentage over time is markedly lower than the rates of increase projected for the United States.

Diabetes Rates: Statistics By Country

Diabetes affects individuals across the world. The following list was compiled from the World Health Organization (WHO) to show the incidence of diabetes by country in the year 2000. 

The approximated number is given in millions:

  • Canada: 2 
  • United States: 18
  • Mexico: 2.5
  • Africa (all countries): 7
  • France: 2
  • Russia: 4.5
  • Spain: 3
  • Italy: 4.5
  • United Kingdom (UK): 2
  • India: 31
  • Japan: 7
  • China: 21

Diabetes: A Growing Epidemic

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the number of Americans diagnosed with the diabetes is likely to increase to 30 million by the year 2030. These estimations are based off of current rates of diagnosis and consider the fact that nearly half of all individuals with diabetes may not even know the condition is present.

Diabetes and Obesity

Over half of the population in the United States is considered to be obese or overweight. The condition of diabetes is closely associated with the condition of obesity. Diabetes is capable of creating an array of complications if not controlled and regulated. Although, the condition of diabetes doesn't commonly lead to a fatality, complications associated with it can.

Diabetes Complications

Diabetes is associated with a vast array of complications if the condition is not treated. Some of these complications include heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, erectile dysfunction, hypoglycemia, kidney disease or failure, and sexual or urological problems.

Diabetes: Prevention

The fact remains that the condition of diabetes is highly preventable through diet and lifestyle. It's suspected that the vast majority of diagnosed cases are directly caused by obesity. It's important that you learn to love and care for your body in such a manner as to prevent unwanted ailments, diabetes included.


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