Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in Georgia in 2006, according to health officials. For every two people suffering from the disease, a third has not been diagnosed.
The American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will take place in Atlanta at Turner Field on Nov. 9 and on Oct. 12 at Independence High School in Alpharetta for the North Metro Region.
Here are five things to know about the disease in Georgia.
1. The numbers. More than 1 million Georgians suffer from diabetes, and 350,000 people don't even know they have it.
2. National ranking. Georgia ranked 33rd in diabetes in 2012.
3. The future. If current trends continue, one in three children will have diabetes.
4. The costs. In 2006, hospitalizations from diabetes cost more than $288 million in hospital charges.The cost of diabetes medical care was more than twice that for a person without the disease.
5. The impact. For every hospital admission for diabetes, there were about 10 other cases where diabetes was listed as an associated illness, the Georgia Department of Human Resources reported in 2009.