1.Diabetes has been reported in horses, ferrets, and ground squirrels. In environments where animals are liberally fed, diabetes has been reported in dolphins, foxes, and even a hippopotamus.
2.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States
3.Diabetics have a higher risk of gingivitis than non-diabetics, which may lead to bone and tooth loss. However, only about half of Hispanics with diabetes regularly visit a dentist compared to 58% of African-Americans and 70% of non-Hispanic whites with diabetes
4.Diabetes is responsible for over one million amputations each year, a large percentage of cataracts, and at least 5% of blindness worldwide
5.In women, diabetes impacts estrogen levels, menstrual and ovulation cycles, and sexual desire
6.Men have a higher risk of death from diabetes than women
7.Every 10 seconds someone dies from diabetes-related causes globally. Every year nearly 3.5 million people in the world die due to diabetes. The death rate is expected to rise by 25% over the next decade
8.Experts report that diabetes decreases life expectancy by five to 10 years.
9.Those with diabetes are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome
10.Smoking can increase diabetes risk by constricting blood vessels, raising blood pressure, and stimulating the release of catecholamines (fight-or-flight hormones), which promote insulin resistance