Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. This healthcare crisis has come with a staggering cost of $174 billion annually and continues to climb as more people develop the disease. More than 29 million people have the disease and 86 million are at risk of developing it. Moreover, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes compared to other groups in the general population. According to the American Diabetes Association, every 20 seconds, someone is diagnosed with the disease. Nearly 3.7 million African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes and 1 in 4 African American women over 55 years of age has diabetes while 25 percent of African Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have the disease. The most common form of diabetes among this group is Type 2. Besides being one of the biggest health challenges facing African-Americans today, diabetes among this ethnic group continues to rise due to issues such as obesity, unhealthy diet and lack of knowledge. Because there is no cure for diabetes, it has become the fastest growing disease in the world. We must be diligent in our fight to help combat the war on diabetes!