Attention Diabetic Educators


Diabetes Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report the following statistics for 2020:

  • More that 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and 21.4% of them don’t know it.
  • 88 million Americans are thought to have prediabetes.
  • The percentage of adults with prediabetes who were aware they had the condition doubled between 2005 and 2016, but most continue to be unaware.
  • More people are developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes during youth, and racial and ethnic minorities continue to develop type 2 diabetes at higher rates. Likewise, the proportion of older people in our nation is increasing, and older people are more likely to have a chronic disease like diabetes.


First-of-its-Kind Research Shows California Raisins Positively Impact Diabetic Nutrition

Research¹ suggests that raisins may improve glucose levels and systolic blood pressure amoung people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).  “Raisins are great food choices for most individuals, including those with T2DM,” says James W. Anderson, MD, professor of medicine and clinical nutrition, emeritus, University of Kentucky.

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus & Raisins

This 12-week study among 51 individuals with T2DM found that regular consumption of raisins — as compared to a variety of other snacks — positively impacted both glucose levels and systolic blood pressure. The research was published in The Physician and SportsmedicineSee citation below.

¹Harold Bays, Kathy Weiter & James Anderson (2015) A randomized study of raisins versus alternative snacks on glycemic control and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 43:1, 37-43, DOI: 10.1080/00913847.2015.998410

Download this pdf  for research that shows raisins are a diabetes-friendly food along with diabetes-friendly raisin recipes and more!

*Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are affected by a variety of factors.