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Undiagnosed Diabetes Estimates Rise To 7 Million


The number of estimated cases of undiagnosed diabetes in the US has risen to 7 million, sparking a need for greater public awareness of the condition and its symptoms to aid early diagnosis, according to diabetic resource site (

(16 September 2008) - - The number of estimated cases of undiagnosed diabetes in the US has risen to 7 million, prompting calls for greater investment in public awareness campaigns as to the causes and symptoms of the condition.

Estimates as to the number of undiagnosed cases of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the US alone have reached 7 million, with implications for the total number of worldwide undiagnosed cases of the potentially fatal condition.

The figures have prompted calls for a renewed public awareness campaign from experts and activists alike, citing the importance of educating the public in the causes and symptoms of diabetes as a major concern.

Fred Scott, of ( called for more to be done to increase awareness and educate the general public about diabetes and how to live with it once diagnosed.

“Diabetes is a tough disease that’s virtually invisible to others, yet capable of making the patient feel awful. It doesn’t develop overnight and it’s not easy to spot – in fact, many cases are only diagnosed following analysis of unrelated blood samples.”

“More must be done to educate the public on how to spot diabetes – symptoms like always feeling hungry and thirsty, and always feeling tired. If people knew the symptoms, and of course the causes of diabetes, more could be done to eradicate the lifestyle factor which plays a role in some cases and to highlight possible cases of the condition at an earlier stage.”

Diabetes awareness campaigns are designed to focus on the key symptoms of diabetes, in addition to the simple lifestyle changes that can be implement to prevent its onset.

Diabetes is a preventable, treatable condition, provided it is appropriately diagnosed and adequate treatment programmes are initiated. Almost 95% of all patients diagnosed present with Type 2 diabetes, a resistance or underproduction of the chemical insulin. ( is an online resource for those diagnosed with diabetes, offering a free exercise book and other materials for those diagnosed with diabetes. Providing compassionate, practical advice for those with the condition, is an invaluable tool in coping with a positive diagnosis.


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