Close to 25 percent of VA Patients Have Diabetes.
Nearly one in four Veterans receiving care from VA has diabetes.
This is partly attributable to the older average age of Veterans compared to the general US population.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 26 million people, or about 8 percent of the US population, have diabetes.
That includes about 11 million persons 65 and older, or about 27 percent of seniors.
In the United States, about one-in-four persons with diabetes are not aware that they have the condition.
While exact numbers are not available, it is likely that the number is lower for Veterans receiving regular VA primary care.
However, many Veterans of all ages are at risk for diabetes because of the high rate of obesity and those who are overweight, estimated at over 70 percent of Veterans receiving VA care.
“About one-in-four persons with diabetes are not aware that they have the condition.”
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