Diabetes now affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages and 79 million people have what doctors call "pre-diabetes," according to 2011 estimates by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to experts, there's one very big reason for type 2 diabetes' continuing rise among Americans - weight gain.
About 1.9 million American adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010.
Diabetes rates continue to soar among racial and ethnic minorities.
Half of Americans aged 65 and older have pre-diabetes and nearly 27% have full-blown diabetes.
Around 215,000 Americans younger than age 20 have diabetes, including type 1 diabetes.