Diabetes Epidemic. With obesity levels being at an all time high, the epidemicof type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, and willonly get worse.
Between 2001 and 2002, the diagnosis of diabetes went from5.5 percent of Americans to an alarming 6.5 percent. Injust one year!Overall, twelve million Americans have been diagnosed andanother 5 million Americans have diabetes and don’t knowit. And yet another 12 millions are on their way to type 2diabetes because of impaired glucose levels.
Not knowing is the worst because risks of untreateddiabetes puts us at a terrible risk of complicationsincluding but not limited to blindness, amputations andultimately death.
The stickler is, that type 2 diabetes is almost completelypreventable. Doctor’s say eat less, eat better andexercise. The numbers show just how many Americans arecurrently overweight.
Statistically, people are now living longer, and it hasbeen on the rise for years. But this will not continue iftype 2 diabetes is not put under control.
We are a gluttonous society and ultimately it is affectinghow we live and how long we live.
And unfortunately, the diabetes epidemic is not just a USproblem. It is spreading worldwide with epidemic reports in. Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
It is estimated that by 2025, the number of diabeticsworldwide will rise to 380 million. And diabetes is nowaffecting more of the young and middle-aged population indeveloping countries between the ages of 40 and 59.