According to the Better Hearing Institute, “Patients with diabetes are more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss.” Within the study more than 40% of the patients with diabetes had some degree of hearing loss.
DEHEC – S.C. ranks 10th highest in the nation in the percent of population with diabetes.
- Approximately 1 in 8 African-Americans in S.C. have diabetes – the 16th highest rate of diabetes among African-Americans in the nation.
- The prevalence of diabetes increases with age – a dramatic increase can be seen among those 45 years of age and older.
- Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in S.C. after heart disease, cancer, accidents, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s.