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Statistic on Diabetes

57% of diabetics must check their blood sugar level every day, and 20% of diabetics that require medication do not take it because they cannot afford it (Mulvihill et al., 2006)?
Can you assist me by visiting the American Diabetics Association (ADA) site at and reviewing the diabetes statistics.
1. What statistic surprised you when you visited the ADA Web site? Copy and paste the statistic at the beginning of your response and be sure to cite this information correctly.
2. In what ways does this statistic impact human health?
3. What approaches might be used to change the statistic?

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There are many statistics that you should look over and see if there are any that jump out at you as being far from normal. Perhaps the most troubling for me, personally, is the statistic that:

Undiagnosed: 7.0 million people
Prediabetes: 79 million people

Compared to the diagnosed 18.8 million people, the statistics suggest that on top of diagnosed cases, there are an additional nearly 50% more cases which are undiagnosed, and more than ten times that number for people who are pre-diabetic.

It suggests that although diabetes is diagnosed in a very large population, there is an even larger population that is either at risk or have it but aren't aware of the disease. This means that any intervention against the disease, if any, for those who are ...

Solution Summary

The statistics on diabetes are examined. How statistics impacts human health is determined. The approaches which might be used to change the statistics is determined.