The survey was taken online in August by 2,424 people aged 18 and older who
live in the U.S.
Accidents, Snakes, and Spiders
Respondents most fear accidents, with 29% saying getting in an accident was
the scariest thought.
Here’s the breakdown:
6% feared a plane crash
5% feared being struck by lightning
3% feared a car accident
2% feared drowning or fire
The second biggest fear? Twenty-seven percent worried most about an
encounter with an animal or a pesky insect.
13% feared a snake bite
8% were most afraid of a spider bite
4% worried about a shark attack
About one-third could not pick a greatest fear from the set given.
Only 5% of participants said a health condition or illness was their biggest
Among those who did fear a health problem, the scariest thought was getting
49% of those were afraid of getting cancer.
12% feared cardiovascular disorders such as heart disease, heart attack,
11% were worried about getting a nervous system illness, like Alzheimer’s
5% feared HIV or AIDS.
3% worried about getting diabetes.
The survey was commissioned by the American Diabetes Association to raise
awareness about the disease, which it says strikes almost 24 million adults and
children in the U.S.
“Unfortunately, people don’t seem to take diabetes seriously and they don’t
seem to realize that diabetes -- if left untreated or poorly treated-- can be a
very scary disease,” Ann Albright, PhD, RD, president of health care &
education at the American Diabetes Association, says in a news release.
“We don’t like to unnecessarily scare people, but the findings from this
survey are alarming because diabetes is more deadly than these other fears and
Americans are more likely to have a personal experience with diabetes than
shark attacks or snake bites.”
Diabetes is often considered a silent disease because the symptoms can creep
up slowly and may not be noticed. The ADA states that 57 million people in the
U.S. are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
But the American Diabetes Association wants people to know that diabetes is
the leading cause of kidney disease, amputation, and blindness.
In a news release, the group also points out that since 1987, death rates
from diabetes have increased, while deaths from heart disease, stroke, and
cancer have fallen.
The ADA has dubbed November American Diabetes Month.
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