The Silent Disease – what you need to know about diabetes

Type 2 diabetes used to be called “adult-onset” diabetes as it was mostly diagnosed in adults (>20 years old) and was thought to be caused by eating too much sugar.


The fact is, this isn’t the case anymore. Adults and children are both being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at a rapid rate – and there are a ton of people who don’t even know they have it. Diabetes is a often SILENT vascular disease.

An estimated 30.3 million people of all ages—or 9.4% of the U.S. population—had diabetes in 2015 (according to the CDC statistics report). This total included 30.2 million adults aged 18 years or older (12.2% of all U.S. adults), of which 7.2 million (23.8%)
were not aware of or did not report having diabetes.

This total included:
» 132,000 children and adolescents younger than age
18 years (0.18% of the total U.S. population younger than
age 18 years).
» 193,000 children and adolescents younger than age
20 years (0.24% of the total U.S. population younger
than age 20 years).
• About 5% of people with diabetes are estimated to have
type 1 diabetes

Basically, this means 1 out of every 10 people have diabetes and 1 out of 4 people don’t even know they have it!

Click this link below for a wonderful infographic on diabetes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:



How Can You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?

It’s a very silent disease and often there are no symptoms. However, in most cases there are some symptoms, but we choose to ignore them and think it’s just stress.

Unfortunately, diabetes is progressive and will continue to get worse if you do nothing to control it. Regardless if you have symptoms or not.


Rick Factors for Diabetes

  1. Being overweight or obese (BMI >29.9)
  2. Having a family history
  3. Having a sedentary lifestyle or being physically inactive
  4. Being 45 years or older
  5. Continued chronic stress without a stress management routine

Now, anywhere here did you read eating too much sugar?

No. That’s because contrary to popular belief, sugar does not cause diabetes. It’s ultimately your lifestyle that impacts your diabetes risk.


What You Can Do

Get tested! Go see your doctor annually, or more often as needed and make sure to get lab work done. This is the only way to get tested for diabetes.

You can also delay or prevent type 2 diabetes by:

  • Being more active

  • Controlling your carbohydrate portions and eating balanced meals

  • Working with a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) AND a Dietitian (RD)  ===> Read more HERE on how a CDE can help you

  • Developing a stress management routine


Have any questions? Please reach out and ask. You can comment below or send me an email. Prevention is key!

Author: Katie

Hi! I'm Katie, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. This website it dedicated to those looking to heal their bodies from the inside out - and it all starts with balancing out your blood sugar. Let's heal disease together one plate at a time.

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