Research indicates that diabetes is one of the most controllable and often rising preventable chronic diseases. Despite this promising research, diabetes prevalence is high, increasing in Nevada from 4.2% in 1996 to 7.9% in 2009. In comparison, national diabetes prevalence increased from 4.5% in 1996 to 8.3 % in 2009. By 2050, as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to the aging of the U.S. population, the increase of obesity, and physical inactivity, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type-2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer.
The Nevada Diabetes Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in April 1997 by a merger between the Diabetes Educational Center founded in 1980 and the Nevada Children’s Diabetes Association founded in 1996. The organization is an independent diabetes association and is not affiliated with any national diabetes organization. All funds raised by the NDA are used to provide local services.