The World Health Organization estimates that there are between 100 and 120 million people with diabetes worldwide.

In the United States 16 million people have diabetes:

There are two major types of diabetes: Type I (insulin- dependent, early onset or juvenile diabetes) and Type II (non-insulin-dependent or maturity-onset diabetes). In Type I, the body produces no insulin. In Type II, the body produces insulin, but does not use it effectively.

  • onset is usually before age 30. It is considered an autoimmune disease.
  • Diabetes is a contributing factor of death from other major diseases. Diabetes alone is a leading cause of death by disease.

  • aged people with diabetes have a death rate twice as high as middle-aged people without diabetes.
  • Diabetes can cause life-changing disability.

    Diabetes affects all ethnic and racial groups:

    One out of every four Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes or its complications, and one out of every seven dollars spent on health care annually in the U.S. is spent on it.