An estimated 34.2 million Americans—10.5 percent of the United States population—have diabetes, according to the 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number of cases in the U.S. continues to rise every year.
There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Both types of diabetes are chronic diseases that require ongoing treatment. No cure exists for either type. However, treatments such as diet control, exercise, oral medications and injectable insulin can help sufferers live a full and otherwise healthy life.