The number of people around the world who have diabetes is at a record high, according to a report from the International Diabetes Federation, and as many as half of those who have it may not be diagnosed.
The federation says that there are now about 371 million people living with diabetes, an alarming increase from 366 million just a year ago. The group estimates that the number of people with diabetes will soar to 552 million by the year 2030.
Here are some more scary numbers for midlifers: the federation estimates that by the end of this year, 4.8 million people will have died from diabetes complications and half will be people under the age of 60.
"Millions of people are dying from diabetes in their most productive years," said Ann Keeling, CEO of the federation, in a press release.
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with diabetes have abnormal blood glucose levels.
The most common type of diabetes is called Type 2. It's estimated to include more than 90 percent of diagnosed cases and is more likely in people who are older, obese and have a family history of diabetes – among other risk factors. Type 1 diabetes is responsible for about 5 percent of diagnosed cases, according to the CDC.
People with diabetes are at a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness.
According to the American Diabetes Association, some symptoms of the disease include:
· Frequent urination
· Unusual thirst
· Extreme hunger
· Unusual weight loss
· Extreme fatigue and irritability
· Frequent infections
· Blurred vision
· Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
· Tingling and/or numbness in the hands and feet
· Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call your doctor.