Obesity trends project one in three diabetic Americans by 2050

Blog post   •   Nov 08, 2010 03:32 EST

One in three Americans will be living with diabetes by 2050 if the disease continues to increase at current rates. An increasing trend toward obesity and an aging populace were cited as the main problems in a Centers for Disease Control record published on Oct. 22. To stem the increasing cost of diabetes treatment, which will triple at current rates, the CDC has implemented initiatives to fight the spread of the disease. Source of article - Obesity trends project one in three diabetic Americans by 2050 by Personal Money Store


Millions are diabetic and don't even know it

As outlined by CDC, about 23.6 million Americans have diabetes. That is 1 in 10 Americans. A CNN article on the study reported that if obesity trends continue, diabetes cases are expected to double and possibly triple by 2050. Today about 6 million people aren't even aware they have diabetes. Those who are pre-diabetic and will develop diabetes unless their lifestyle changed are 57 million Americans with excess fat around their midsection, the CDC reports. Most of will end up with type 2 diabetes, and their bodies will lose the ability to produce insulin.

Costs increase for diabetes treatment

Diabetes can be caused by age simply. There is nothing you are able to do about getting older though. However, the biggest risk factor -- obesity -- can be avoided with a healthy diet and exercise. Avoiding obesity can do wonders. You'll conserve money without it. $174 billion is spent annually on diabetes treatment along, the American Diabetes Association explains. The ADA recommends that every person, even if they're not obese, get screened for diabetes by age 45. Check at an earlier age in case you are obese. That is the recommendation.

Just adding pounds of prevention is better than giving ounces of a cure

Reducing diabetes is what the CDC plans to do. Making smarter lifestyle choices is part of this plan. Its prevention efforts target communities where healthy food is hard to discover and safe places to exercise are scarce. The CDC found though the number of cases would continue increasing overall even with the prevention efforts reducing the number. By 2050, 3.5 million cases of diabetes can be found without any kind of prevention. With prevention efforts, 3.1 million people will learn they have the disease for a net reduction of 344,000 diabetics in 2050.

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