Diabetes can strike you at anytime from anywhere. This often misunderstood disease affects more than 300 million people worldwide. According to DiabetesResearch.org, there are 29 million Americans struggling with the disease. In the U.S, three Americans die every minute from this disease. Diabetes costs the American public an estimated $245 billion annually. The most common types of the disease are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Here are some important topics that will help you understand the disease and learn whether or not you are at risk.