Every time the 14th of November rolls around, World Diabetes Day does as well, giving us yet another sad reminder of just how many lives that the disease is affecting worldwide. In the United States alone, there are nearly 27 million diabetics with an estimated 7 million more currently undiagnosed.
That total of over 34 million Americans equals right around 13% of the total population. In other words, for each of your ten friends and family members, at least one of them is diabetic (on average).
The really shocking part of this growth in those with diabetes, though, is how much the number just continues to grow year over year. At the start of the new millennium, when the calendar flipped to 2000, just over 9% of the population either had diabetes or was considered “undiagnosed.” That number has steadily grown year over year to get to 13% of the population.
To put those percentages into a more recognizable format, the number of Americans officially diagnosed with diabetes in the year 2000 was just a tiny bit over 12 million. As mentioned before, that number now stands at 27 million diagnosed diabetic as of 2020.