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Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:40

Study: CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes

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The U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report estimating that 40% of Americans will develop diabetes during their lifetime. For certain minority groups the number is even higher: half of Hispanics and black women are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious metabolic (food-related) disease in which the body's inability to produce insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. According to Diabetes.org, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2010 and was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 234,051 certificates.

The CDC examined death certificates for about 600,000 adults between 1985 and 2011, to estimate trends in lifetime risk of diabetes. Study results showed that in just a few decades, the number of people at risk for diabetes has doubled from 20% to 40%.

The news is not all bad. According to Medical News Today, type 2 diabetes is treatable. Insulin injections, special diet and exercise can help diabetes sufferers control their condition. At California Medical Weight Management, we have helped many patients reduce or eliminate their diabetes symptoms through our personalized, medically-supervised diet.

There is a strong link between obesity and diabetes. According to Obesity.org,

"Carrying extra body weight and body fat go hand and hand with the development of type 2 diabetes. People who are overweight are at much greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than normal weight individuals. Being overweight puts added pressure on the body's ability to properly control blood sugar using insulin and therefore makes it much more likely for you to develop diabetes."

Dr. Uri Ladabaum of Stanford University School of Medicine looked at federal health data from 1988 to 2010. He found that we are not eating more, but that we are exercising much less. In the 1980s, up to 90% of Americans reported doing at least some physical activity in their leisure time. But now, half say they are not active at all. Federal guidelines now recommend 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like walking or riding a bike) at least five days a week.

To learn more about California Medical Weight Management's medically-supervised weight loss program, visit us on the Web at www.calmwm.com. Follow CMWM on Facebook for the latest news, tips and diet recipes.

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