It’s a disease that affects more than 25 million Americans, or more than 8 percent of the population.
And if current trends continue, 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by the year 2050.
More than 90 percent of adults diagnosed with the disease have Type 2 Diabetes, which is associated with older age, family history, and especially, obesity.
Sue Olmstead, chronic disease program coordinator for the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, says living with diabetes can cost a person around $1,700 dollars a year.
“The cost of going on to become diabetic is even more of a challenge,” Olmstead said. “The price that you could pay by ignoring it at this stage and going on to become diabetic is quite heavy.”
Olmstead and other health advocates in the community recommend people at risk of diabetes join a diabetes prevention program to avoid the high cost of living with the disease.
For more information about local programs, call the Human Services Coalition at 607-273-8686 or the health department at 607-274-6710