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Around one-quarter of people who have diabetes are not aware that they have it.

Studies show that globally, about one in two people are not aware of having diabetes though they suffer from it.

Studies show that globally, about one in two people are not aware of having diabetes though they suffer from it. Diabetes is a major health issue that has reached alarming levels. Different studies have shown that most people are not aware that diabetes leads to an increased risk of severe health complications. Early signs and symptoms can include frequent urination, increased thirst, feeling tired and hungry, vision problems, slow wound healing, and yeast infections.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recent reports in 2020, more than 34 million people in the United States have diabetes, and one in five are not aware of having it. Nine out of ten adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

In the 2014 report, CDC had reported that more than 29 million Americans had diabetes, and one in four of them are not aware of having it.

As per the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice article published in November 2019, one in two people living with diabetes does not know that they have diabetes. The global diabetes prevalence in 2019 is estimated to be 9.3% (463 million people), rising to 10.2% (578 million) by 2030 and 10.9% (700 million) by 2045. The International diabetes federation reports the same in its IDF Diabetes Atlas Ninth edition 2019.

A study carried out by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Birmingham, and the University of Gottingen in 2019 revealed that only half of the Indian adults in the age group (15-49 years) are aware that they ail from diabetes.

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