In the US, it’s estimated that 34% of adults (84.1 million people) have prediabetes, and 12% (30.2 million people) have diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes increases with age, affecting about 1 in 4 adults ages 65 years and older. Keeping blood glucose levels in a normal range can help reduce the risk of complications associated with chronic hyperglycemia, such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, foot damage and kidney damage.(1,2)
Weight management and good nutrition can help adults with diabetes manage their condition by keeping blood glucose levels stable, and can help those with prediabetes reduce the risk of developing the disease. Monitoring carbohydrate intake, whether by carb counting or experience-based estimation, remains a key strategy for managing blood glucose levels.