9 Important Stats Surrounding Diabetes and Diabetic Wounds
These figures will help patients better understand diabetes and associated wound care outcomes.
Diabetes is an especially destructive condition. It knows no geographical boundaries and affects the lives of millions of men, women, and children across the globe. Diabetes can also complicate the wound healing process, thus exacerbating the condition.
There is research into diabetes being done all the time; for instance, wounds may heal slowly in these patients due to diminished electrical activity in the body. But there is so much more data available, and it’s important for patients to understand these figures to comprehend both diabetes and the associated wound care outcomes.
1. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 29.1 million Americans (adults and children) who live with diabetes. That represents 9.3 percent of the United States’ population.
2. That figure is a bit more complicated, though. As the CDC explained, only 21 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, leaving 8 million Americans living undiagnosed. Without the confirmation, they may be unable to properly manage their condition.
3. Per 2011 estimates from the International Diabetes Federation, the current worldwide estimate for people with diabetes is just over 366 million, or roughly 5.3 percent of the global population. That figure is expected to rise to 552 million by 2030, barring any serious intervention.
4. The IDF’s 2011 report also noted that 80 percent of people with diabetes reside in low or middle income countries. And the majority of diabetics fall into the age range of 40-59 years.
5. As a 2007 report in the Journal of Clinical Investigation explained, approximately 15 percent of all diabetic patients experience foot ulcers at some point in their lives. Not only are these painful and uncomfortable injuries, but 84 percent of all lower limb amputations are preceded by one or more ulcers.
6. A July 2015 report from Healthy Cells magazine noted that diabetics have a 15 percent greater risk of developing chronic wounds.
7. In 2013, the Future of Health Care reported that diabetics have a 25 percent lifetime risk of experiencing high-risk chronic wounds. The recurrence rate of these wounds for a five-year period is between 50 and 70 percent.
8. The vast majority of diabetes cases – 90 percent – are Type 2. As Everyday Health pointed out, the forms of diabetes are two distinct conditions, and Type 1 is generally regarded as an autoimmune disease.
9. A 2013 review in the journal Ulcers examined the primary causes of this injury. The research team found that 81 percent of ulcers are the result of venous disease, and areterial disease contributed to 16.3 percent.
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