THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO WIN THE FIGHT TO DEFEAT DIABETES
For over 30 years, DDF has provided progressive programs, original content, and diabetes resources, to accomplish our mission of defeating diabetes. Through an integrated approach, DDF works tirelessly to provide communities and individuals with research-based information to raise awareness of the disease, and the tools and action-steps every person can take to prevent type 2 diabetes in their life, the lives of their loved ones, and in their community.
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Originally considered a “disease of affluence,” type 2 diabetes now crosses all divides and is an unquestionable global epidemic. Type 2 diabetes has become pervasive within poorer communities, minority populations and developing world countries. And no longer does type 2 diabetes develop only in adults; children are now increasingly at risk, as childhood obesity spirals out of control.
A RISING GLOBAL EPIDEMIC
Globally, more than 420 million people have diabetes – a prevalence of 8.5% of the adult population, and rising. Approximately half are undiagnosed, and more than 350 million are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Each year, over 250,000 of the more than 30 million people in the United States with diabetes, die due to diabetes complications. The global number of deaths caused by diabetes was a staggering 4 million in 2017.
1 in 3 US children is overweight or obese, and 380 million children are globally. 75% of these children will become overweight or obese adults. 87.5% of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the US are overweight or obese.
SMALL STEP, BIG IMPACT
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