Texas Diabetes Institute will “GO BLUE” to raise awareness about a growing epidemic
University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute will join hundreds of landmarks around the world to be lit in blue for the Annual World Diabetes Day. Blue is the official color of World Diabetes Day and signifies the fight against diabetes. The Texas Diabetes Institute is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive center devoted to battling diabetes, located on San Antonio’s West Side, where the incidence of diabetes is among the highest in the nation.
Key Diabetes Facts
- It is estimated that 14.2% of Bexar County adults have been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or type 2), which is higher than the Texas average of 10.6% and much higher than the national average of 9.3%.
- Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in Texas, and the fourth leading cause in Bexar county
- The number of Texans with diabetes is the second-highest in the U.S.
- Hispanics are at higher risk of developing diabetes
- More than 5,000 people die each year from diabetes complications
- More than 21 million Americans (7 percent of the population) have diagnosed diabetes
- Millions more have it but go undiagnosed. That’s why the disease is called a silent killer