LITTLE ROCK, AR – One in 17 Americans has diabetes today and a third of them don’t even know it. On Saturday, March 27 thousands of walkers around the nation made a difference in a 3-mile walk to raise funds for diabetes research and education. “This year’s American Diabetes Association Arkansas Walk was a complete success, it raised over $80,000, ” said Melody Myers, Area Office Director. ¡Hola! Arkansas and Today’s THV were the media sponsors for the Little Rock event.
Diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States, and it has no cure. The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2002 was estimated to be $132 billion, or one out of every 10 health care dollars spent in the United States.
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is 1.5 times higher in Latinos than non-Latino whites, two million or 8.2% of all Latino Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes, approximately 24% of Mexican Americans in the United States and 26% of Puerto Ricans between the ages of 45-74 have diabetes, nearly 16% of Cuban Americans in the United States between the ages of 45-74 have diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association is the authoritative source of information about diabetes in the United States. Their goal is to educate people about the seriousness of diabetes, it can be a silent disease and age, weight, and inactivity do play a huge role in the development of type 2 diabetes.