Diabetes is a rapidly growing disease in the United States. Here are the facts.
- A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lifetime.
- Type 2 diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases in the U.S.
- Once known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes and even rarer genetic forms of diabetes (neonatal or monogenic diabetes) can develop quickly.