Currently diabetes is diagnosed within a narrow margin of lab values. However, it is more of a spectrum disorder that involves multiple organ systems associated with many other major diseases (such as heart disease and stroke). This makes it one of the most, if not the most, costly modern day health care problem.
➤ 100 million people age 18 years or older = diabetic or pre-diabetic
➤ 1 in 4 adolescents = have diagnosed type 1 or type 2 diabetes
➤ by 2020: half the country will have diabetes or pre-diabetes
➤ 90% will fail to be diagnosed
Fortunately, diet and lifestyle factors are major contributing factors which, if people are properly educated, can greatly reduce health care costs while increasing the quality of life.