What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is defined as “a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevate levels of glucose in the blood and urine.” Diabetes is a rampant disease in the United States according to statistics from the CDC. There are 23.1 million people diagnosed, with an estimated 7.2 million people who have the disease and remain undiagnosed. Based on these combined number, the CDC reports 30.3 million people are diabetic and that is 9.4% of the population. With prediabetes, 84.1 million adults over the age of 18 have the disease and adults 65 years or older have a whopping 23.1 million.