The Diabetes Epidemic
In the USA obesity levels are at an all time high. The incidence of type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate. It is only getting worse.
According to the 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 29.1 million people have diabetes. That’s 9.3% of the population.
Another 8.1 million people are estimated to be undiagnosed. That means 27.8% of people with diabetes have not been diagnosed.
And another whopping 12 million are on their way to type 2 diabetes because of impaired glucose levels.
The risks of untreated diabetes are complications including but not limited to blindness, amputations and ultimately death.
The stickler is, that type 2 diabetes is almost completely preventable. Doctor’s say eat less, eat better and exercise. The numbers show just how many Americans are currently overweight.
Statistically, people are now living longer, and it has been on the rise for years. But this will not continue if type 2 diabetes is not put under control.
We are a gluttonous society and ultimately it is affecting how we live and how long we live.
And unfortunately, the diabetes epidemic is not just a US problem. It is spreading worldwide with epidemic reports in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.