It is estimated that 25 percent of U.S. veterans have diabetes. This is twice the rate of the general population. Nearly 3.4 percent of veterans do not know that they have diabetes. These findings are based on a study done by the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination.
They took data that they obtained between the years of 2005 and 2014. The researchers found that veterans who were over the age of 65 were the most likely to develop diabetes. People who had less than 12 years of education were also more likely to develop diabetes.
One of the most interesting things about the study was that income did not seem to affect diabetes rates. People who live in poverty are more prone to various health conditions. Diabetes is diagnosed by taking blood sugar and HBA1C. If a person’s fasting blood sugar is above 126, then they have diabetes. People who have a non-fasting blood sugar above 200 are diabetic. Additionally, diabetes is confirmed if a person has a HBA1C above 6.5.
Ying Liu is an assistant professor in the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health. He stated that more needs to be done in order to prevent diabetes in veterans. He also stated that more needs to be done in order to improve the quality of life of veterans.