The overall prevalence of diabetes in Wisconsin and, specifically, the Central Wisconsin area (Green Lake, Adams, Waushara and Marquette Counties) has increased dramatically...as much as 27%! Diabetes has reached epidemic levels in Wisconsin; 9.6% of all adults and 6,000 children and adolescents have diabetes and the number is rising.
Related societal costs have increased substantially as well. Diabetes-related hospitalizations increased nearly 11%, diabetes-related hospitalization charges increased more than 48%, and the overall estimated costs of diabetes in adults has increased 16% from $4.47 billion to $5.19 billion.
These dramatic increases demonstrate how important it is for each of us to renew our commitment to prevent, and increase the management of, diabetes in Wisconsin.
CHN Diabetes Education provides support, education and treatment for individuals and families in Central Wisconsin.