Do You Know These Facts About Diabetes?

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Do You Know These Facts About Diabetes?

 Do You Know These Facts About Diabetes?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a report in 2014 to provide current data and statistics on diabetes in the United States. (1) It is interesting to see the data that was compiled. Questions and answers to this quiz were obtained from this report. Take this quiz to see how much you know. The answers are found at the bottom of the page.

1.    What is the percentage of the population in the United States that has diabetes?

a.    9.3 percent

b.    15 percent

c.    7.2 percent

d.    4.9 percent


2.    What is the estimation of the percentage of people over the age of 65 years thought to have pre-diabetes?

a.    24 percent

b.    51 percent

c.    72 percent

d.    35 percent


3.    Which 2 groups listed below are more likely to have problems with hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) and are at high risk for adverse outcomes

a.    Newly diagnosed type 2 people

b.    Children with type 1 diabetes

c.    Children with type 2 diabetes

d.    Older people with type 2 diabetes

e.    45 year old women with type 2 diabetes


4.    What group of children have the highest rate of newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes?

a.    Black children

b.    Hispanic children

c.    Native American children

d.    Non-Hispanic white children


5.    What percent of people with diabetes do not take tablets or injectable medication to keep their blood glucose under control?

a.    Approximately 50 percent

b.    Approximately 75 percent

c.    Approximately 14 percent

d.    Approximately 25 percent


6.    What comorbidity of diabetes is most common in adults over the age of 18?

a.    High blood pressure

b.    High low density lipoprotein levels

c.    Kidney disease

d.    Amputations


7.    Insulin is always needed for people with type 1 diabetes. Is insulin commonly used in people with type 2 diabetes?

a.    Yes

b.    No


8.    Which complications are reduced with good blood glucose control in people with diabetes?

a.    Eye complications

b.    Nerve complications

c.    Kidney complications

d.    All of the above




1.    It is estimated that 9.3 percent of people in the United States have diabetes. (a)

2.    Unfortunately is it thought that a little more than 50 percent (51 percent) of people over the age of 65 have pre-diabetes. (b)

3.    Both children with type 1 diabetes and older people with type 2 diabetes need to be aware that they are at high risk for adverse outcomes with hypoglycemia. Al people with diabetes should ask their diabetes team how to both prevent hypoglycemia and how to treat it when it happens. (b and d)

4.    Non-Hispanic white children have are diagnosed at the highest rate of type 1 diabetes. (d)

5.    Approximately 14 percent of people with diabetes do not need medication to control their diabetes. (c)

6.    In people with diabetes in 2009-21012, 71 percent of people with diabetes used blood pressure medications or had a blood pressure over 140/90 millimeters of mercury. (a)

7.    Insulin is commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes. (a)

8.    Controlling blood glucose helps reduce the risk of developing complications of diabetes such as eye, nerve and kidney problems (d)

Go to  to learn more about the National Diabetes Statistics Report. As always, talk to your healthcare team to learn more about controlling your diabetes.