Are you at risk? Almost 6 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes and don't even know it.
Editor's Note: Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently met for the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NASSO), co-sponsored with the American Diabetes Association, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Over 1,700 attendees met to listen to world-renowned obesity scientists discuss topics such as the increased risk of diabetes assoicated with being overweight.
A new CDC report shows the average American born today will have a one in three chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime. Once only seen between the ages of 50 or 55, now physicians are commonly seeing onset diabetes between the ages of 30 and 34 and even in teenagers.
Obesity is the number one reason that a typical American born today has a one in three chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta reported an average American woman has a 39 percent risk of developing diabetes and for a man, there is a 33 percent risk.
In the past, Type 2 diabetes was considered to only affect adults, it is now appearing in children and teenagers at epidemic levels according to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Rates and risks of diabetes are also higher for African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic peoples.
Diabetes StatisticsDiabetes is 3 times more common than in 1960
798,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed each year
$92 billion dollars are spent on diabetes
Almost 17 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes
16 million Americans between the ages of 40 and 74 have pre-diabetes
Hispanic men and women have a 52 percent risk of adult onset diabetes
African-American men and women run a 41 percent and 49 percent chance respectively
Diabetes is the largest cause of non-traumatic amputations in the U.S.
Symptoms and Warning SignsConstant thirst
Sores that don't heal
Family member with diabetes (brother, sister, parent)
High blood pressure
Abnormal cholesterol levels
What can you do?
As obesity increases in the industrialized and industrializing countries, a similar increase in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in children could soon emerge worldwide. Combined with the increased likelihood of "Adult type" diabetes occurring in teenagers, preventative measures should be taken. Through careful control, at least half of the expected eye disease, kidney disease, and nerve damage can be prevented or slowed. It is recommended that if you are over the age of 45, that you be tested for diabetes. If you are over 45 and overweight, a test is highly recommended.
Healthy TipsAvoid a sedentary lifestyle
Exercise regularly (check with your doctor before embarking on a strict exercise regime)
Eat healthy foods low in fat
Control your weight
A few lifestyle changes can delay or maybe even prevent the disease completely according to the National Health Institute.
Diet plays a key role
Scientists report growing evidence that allergic reactions to wheat, rye, barley, soy and cow’s milk protein may gradually lead to diabetes. The association of celiac disease and insulin-dependent diabetes has been known for some time.
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It is a common discussion amongst nutritionists and dietitians that a balance of protein, fat, and the amount of carbohydrate or sugar that you consume in your diet is a key to nutritional success. There is a wide variety of popular diets on the market today such as the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Zone, Sugar Busters, and Weight Watchers. Read our Rating of Popular Diets here.
The Diabetes Cure: A Natural Plan That Can Slow, Stop, Even Cure Type 2 Diabetes
by Dr. Vern Cherewatenko
At retailers in book and on audio, starting at $10.40
1. CNN Health, October 2003
2. American Diabetes Association
3. Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Publish date: 11/21/04