My passion for the cause is driven by the fact that many of my friends and relatives suffer or have died from Diabetes. I decided to do my part and take my health and yours more seriously. Many people do not realize how serious this disease can be, but also how manageable it can be with proper education, health and nutrition. 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, of these 7 million do not know they have the disease.