Pre-diabetes, diabetes creating national health crisis.
USA Today (9/15, Ungar) reports the increasing
number of older, obese Americans is leading the US to “an alarming health
crisis” as “nearly half of adults have either pre-diabetes or diabetes.”
According to Federal health statistics, “12.3% of Americans 20 and older have
diabetes, either diagnosed or undiagnosed,” and “37% have pre-diabetes,” which
is “up from 27% a decade ago.” USA Today reports Philip Kern, director of the
Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky,
said “You almost have the perfect storm of an aging population and a population
growing more obese, plus fewer reasons to move and be active, and fast food
becoming more prevalent.” The article also reports Sathya Krishnasamy, an
endocrinologist with University of Louisville Physicians, said “What we are
heading toward is much higher health care costs and much more disability.” As
pre-diabetes often is symptomless, USA Today notes it usually remains
undiagnosed causing experts to push for “greater awareness and screening.”
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Live Well With Diabetes.
Director of Programs, Cheri Collier, discusses the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland's goal of helping those with diabetes live healthier and longer lives. She also talks about the factors - lack of exercise, unhealthy diet - that contribute to diabetes in Northeast Ohio. Click here to watch her conversation with WKYC's Kim Wheeler.
Are You the 1 in 4 Who Doesn't Know?
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes - 3 million more than estimated in 2010, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people has diabetes and doesn't know it. This is very serious because people with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death.
One in three adults in the United States - 86 million - has pre-diabetes, where their blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not elevated enough to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15-30% of those adults will develop type 2 diabetes within five years!
"These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country," said Ann Albright, Ph. D., R.D., director of DCD's Division of Diabetes Translation. "Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It's urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease."
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