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“Diabesity” in America

August 24, 2014 @ 12:55 PM
posted by Wender and Roberts

type-2-diabetesThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 2 out of 5 Americans are now expected to develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. A new study finds that the increase is related to the rise in obesity rate combined with our lengthening lifespans.

Some minority groups are being hit even harder. 50 percent of black women and hispanic men and women will likely develop type 2 diabetes over the course of their adult lives.

Researchers evaluated medical records for over 600,000 people between 1985 to 2011. They found that the lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes increased for the average 20-year-old American man, jumping from nearly 21 percent in the late 1980s to just over 40 percent in 2011. For women, it grew from 27 percent to 40 percent in the same time period. 

The article notes, “Doctors have coined the term ‘diabesity’ to reflect the combined effects of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.”

The good news is that with the improvements in medical treatment, people with type 2 diabetes are living longer.

The key to reversing this trend is better preventative health technics: daily exercise, eating right, and getting enough sleep.

–Source: WebMD’s article “40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes: CDC”