According to the CDC, 37.3 million people have diabetes in the U.S. and 23% are undiagnosed20. Diabetes is a chronic life-long disease characterized by high blood sugar resulting in the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is the number one cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations and adult blindness21

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease affecting between 90-95% of those diagnosed with diabetes22. It may be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle changes such as losing weight, eating healthy foods, and being active.

As of 2019, 1 in 13 residents in Carroll County have been diagnosed with diabetes and males have slightly higher rates of diabetes diagnoses than females.

Risks for Pre-Diabetes and type 2 diabetes23

  • Overweight
  • 45 and older
  • Parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes
  • Physically active less than 3x/week
  • Had gestational diabetes
  • African American, Hispanic/Latino American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Asian American