“Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and it is important for people across the country to know their risks for developing the condition,” said Maggie Powers, Ph.D., registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and research scientist, International Diabetes Center. “Type 2 diabetes represents the vast majority of these cases, but the good news is it can be controlled – or even prevented – through a weight management plan that includes regular exercise and a balanced diet.”
The International Diabetes Center and Abbott survey was conducted among 500 nationally representative Americans ages 18 and older, with an oversample of 100 African Americans ages 18 and older, 100 Hispanic Americans ages 18 and older and 300 Americans ages 18 and older with type 2 diabetes. The surveys were conducted online by Wedbush Decision Metrics from March 12-16, 2010. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population over age 18.