It's National Diabetes Awareness Month. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. That figure is according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many are not even aware that they have the disease.
An estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Pre-diabetes raises a person's risk of type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
In addition, racial and ethnic minorities continue to have higher rates of diabetes after adjusting for population age differences. For adults, diabetes rates were 16.1 percent for American Indians/Alaska Natives, 12.6 percent for blacks, 11.8 percent for Hispanics, 8.4 percent for Asian Americans, and 7.1 percent for non-Hispanic whites.
African American women are especially affected and are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than non-Hispanic whites. African Americans with diabetes are also more likely to experience complications from diabetes. End-stage renal disease and amputations of the legs and feet are also more common in African Americans with diabetes.
Certain things like making sure one has well-hydrated skin, might seem minor, but for a diabetic, having extremely dry skin can lead to cracks and openings in the skin where bacteria can enter the body and cause infections that can sometimes become serious.
To learn how to take care of your skin read Diabetes and Skin Care.