Many Wyomingites have diabetes — 39,000, to be specific.
That’s according to 2018 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System estimates, and 35,000 have been diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition in which higher than normal blood glucose levels may lead to Type 2 diabetes. By that measure, almost 13% of people in the state either have or are at risk for diabetes, and the Wyoming Department of Health is promoting a new campaign to combat the disease.
Nearly 10% of the U.S. population, roughly 30 million people, have diabetes. Unlike other chronic diseases, diabetes “is managed mostly by you, with support from your health care team,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says.