Twenty-six million Americans are affected by diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the seventh leading cause of death. Diabetes affects more than 10 percent of U.S. adults, a number that jumps to 12 percent for blacks and 13 percent for Hispanics.
Then there are the health care costs. According to the American Diabetes Association, U.S. medical costs attributed to diagnosed diabetes hit $176 billion in 2012. Combine that with an extra $69 bil