Delivered January 11, 2020. Contributor: Pamela E.
To find out the number of people in the United States who had, or currently live with Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
According to data provided by the CDC, at least 79,535 American deaths occur yearly because of diabetes.
1 in 4 Americans has diabetes and doesn't know it.
The number of Americans living with diagnosed diabetes, both Type 1 and Type 2, peaked at 8.2 per every 100 adults in 2009. In 2017, the number of Americans living with diagnosed diabetes was 8 per every 100 adults.
According to the CDC, 90% to 95% of all Americans diagnosed with diabetes are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Approximately 80% of Americans who have Type 2 diabetes are overweight and have a family history of Type 2 diabetes.
The average age onset for Type 2 diabetes is 45. The likelihood that an American will develop and be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes increases drastically after age 45.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Smoking tobacco is a major risk factor contributing to the development of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Approximately 25% of American COPD sufferers have never smoked tobacco products. In those cases, workplace exposure to COPD causing agents is thought to be what caused or contributed to the development of COPD.
According to the CDC, the overall age-adjusted prevalence of COPD was "higher among women, older adults, American Indians, and Alaska Natives. COPD prevalence was also higher among individuals who were obese or underweight, reported no leisure-time physical activity in the past 30 days, had a history of asthma, were less educated, resided in rural areas, and had other chronic conditions."
More than 16 million American adults have been diagnosed with COPD.