The statistics are serious and sobering.
One in every three American adults is at risk for developing diabetes and 9 percent of the population already has it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Diabetes is a disease that prevents the body from properly processing food and converting it to energy. It causes sugar to build up in the blood because the body isn’t producing enough insulin to regulate the sugar.
The disease can cause serious health problems, including kidney failure, blindness, amputations and heart disease.
The CDC lists diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., but Type II diabetes is preventable.
Sarah Piper is the director of a lifestyle training program focusing on diabetes prevention at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Piper explained the statistics, how people can prevent diabetes, how to manage the disease and more during an interview on “Closer Look.”
WABE's April Williams contributed to this report.