Monday, November 1, 2010
One-Third of U.S. Adults May Have Diabetes by 2050
Here’s something that caught my attention the recently. According to the CDC, one in three adults will be diagnosed with diabetes by 2050. And with obesity and the rate of consuming processed and fast foods are on the rise, the number doesn’t seem to surprise me.
Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of increased thirst and hunger. There are three main types of diabetes that include Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes
The number of new diabetes cases a year has been predicted to increase from 8 per 1,000 in 2008 to 15 per 1,000 in 2050 via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2050, between one-fifth and one-third of all adults could have diabetes -- with virtually all the increase attributed to type 2 diabetes, which is largely preventable.
The projections are due to an aging population, an increase in minority groups at higher risk for diabetes, and the fact that diabetes patients are living longer. But obesity is also plays an important role in the increasing rates of type 2 diabetes as it is a major risk for acquiring it.
The typical American lifestyle also takes a partial of the blame for this awful trend. And although Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented, the same healthy lifestyle choices that help treat prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes can help prevent them.
Eating healthy foods is a great way to prevent diabetes. Opt for foods low in fat and calories by focusing on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A vegetarian diet is a great way to stay healthy and keep diabetes at bay. Strive for variety to prevent boredom and to obtain all of the required vitamins and nutrients.
Another way to beat the statistics is to participate in physical activity. Just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day like a brisk daily walk, riding your bike, or swimming laps can help you stay in shape. If you can't fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions spread throughout the day.
Finally, because research has shown that there is a correlation between obesity and diabetes, losing excess pounds can lower your risk as well. If you're overweight, losing even 5 percent of your body weight can reduce the threat of diabetes. To keep your weight in a healthy range, focus on permanent changes to your eating and exercise habits. Motivate yourself by remembering the benefits of losing weight, such as a healthier heart, more energy and improved self-esteem.
For those who may have diabetes:
No matter what type of diabetes you have, make a commitment to managing your diabetes by learning all you can about diabetes. Remember to make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily routine. Establish a relationship with a diabetes educator, and ask your diabetes treatment team for help when you need it.
Taking care of your teeth is also a big thing to remember. Diabetes may leave you prone to gum infections, so brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, schedule dental exams at least twice a year. Consult your dentist right away if your gums bleed or look red or swollen. Diabetes is a serious disease, but following your diabetes treatment plan are worthwhile as careful management of diabetes can reduce your risk of serious — even life-threatening — complications.