As we’ve told you before, getting an eye exam can catch many medical conditions in their early stages, including diabetes. This month, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is mobilizing people in the fight against diabetes and Cohen’s Fashion Optical is standing by to help.
If you get a comprehensive eye exam, an optometrist can aid in detecting diabetes, or more precisely its symptom, diabetic retinopathy, by examining the blood vessels in your eye. If diabetes goes untreated, it can result in vision impairment and even blindness. In fact, there are 24 million children and adults living with diabetes in this country and 57 million more Americans at risk for the disease.
Here are some interesting statistics from the ADA on growing the impact of diabetes on American people:
- The death rate from diabetes continues to climb. Since 1987, the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%, while the death rates due to cancer, heart disease, and stroke have declined.
- The ADA etimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
- Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
- One out of every 3 children (and 1 in 2 minority children) born in the United States today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue.
This is clearly a problem that isn’t going away. So do your part to help fight diabetes. Get a comprehensive eye exam and tell your friends to do the same.