Diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body can't process sugar normally, leaving you with too much sugar in your blood. This can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness and excessive thirst. Diabetics are at risk for other chronic conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness and amupation (needing to have a limb, like a foot, cut off), and can cause death.
Eating right and exercising can help you lower your risk of diabetes. DHH's Diabetes Prevention and Control Program offers resources to help people who have diabetes better manage their health, and gives tips to help people who don't have diabetes lower their chances of getting it.
|Prevalence of Diagnosed Diabetes per 100 Adult Population, by Age, 2001-2004|
Burden of Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes (women who were not previously diabetic and develop diabetes during pregnancy) affects about 4 percent of all pregnant women, resulting in nearly 135,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States each year.
Burden of Diabetes – LA Mortality
Number of diabetes deaths per 100,000 population, 2003
Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report Volume 54, Number 13, April 19, 2006, Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr54/nvsr54_13.pdf.
Diabetes at the National Level