Current Diabetes Landscape in the United States
Currently, over 40% of the United States’ total population has a chronic illness — that’s more than 144 million people.
Of those with chronic diseases, 34.2 million Americans have one of three types of diabetes (Type 1 Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes, and prediabetes) — the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
Even with a decline in new cases, the prevalence of diabetes continues, still making this chronic illness a major concern for the healthcare industry. It’s projected that by 2030, a total of 54.9 million Americans will have diabetes.
According to Population Health Management, here’s why:
- As the United States’ population continues to grow, so will diabetes.
- Diabetes incidents increase dramatically later in life. Now that people are living longer, these potential cases of diabetes won’t show up until later.
- The African American population is predicted to grow 41.1% by 2060, and the Hispanic American population is predicted to grow 93.5% by 2060. Parallelly, both of these population groups are among the top three ethnicities to have a higher risk of diabetes, American Indians and Alaska Natives ranking the highest. As these populations grow, so will the prevalence of diabetes.
- Finally, the continued increase in children’s diabetes means more young and middle-aged adults will be living with diabetes in the oncoming years.
Let’s Take A Closer Look At Diabetes Cases in the U.S.
Diabetes Cases in the United States by Age
Even with a decline in diabetes cases overall, in the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled. 34.2 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they have it.
Children Diabetes Cases in the United States
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, new type 1 and type 2 diabetes cases have significantly developed in younger populations. In February, 2020 the CDC published a report that proved the number of new cases of children diabetes increased in the United States, with a 4.8% increase per year for type 2 diabetes and a 1.9% increase per year for type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes Cases in the United States by Ethnicity
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the African American and Hispanic American populations are among the highest people diagnosed with diabetes.
Diabetes Cases in the United States by Gender
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, male diabetic cases continue to rise faster than women diabetic cases. In the past five years, an average of 10.4% of the diabetic incidents are female cases, and an average of 11.3% cases are from the male population.
Nurse Triage Can Support Diabetic Care Adherence and Help Identify Complications Early
Diabetes patients pose a high risk for complications and requires constant and immediate access to resources to help manage their disease. According to the CDC, only 1 in 4 adults with diagnosed diabetes achieves combined diabetes care goals. These goals include:
- maintaining a normal hemoglobin level (A1c < 8%),
- maintaining normal blood pressure (< 140/90 mmHg),
- maintaining a normal cholesterol (non-HDL < 130 mg/dl),
- Remaining physically active, and
- refraining from smoking.
While these goals can feel cumbersome and unachievable to a diabetic patient, nurse triaging services can directly support patients in achieving and maintaining a healthy status. Healthcare organizations can use nurse triaging services to manage patients with chronic illnesses by:
- Conducting preventive care calls
- Increasing quality of life by manage patients remotely
- Triaging new symptoms in real-time
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