Diabetes rate in U.S. adults up to almost 10%April 22, 2014
Since 1988, the percentage of adults in the U.S. diagnosed with diabetes has nearly doubled, going from 5.5 percent to 9.3 percent according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Extrapolating this data, experts believe that about 21 million adults are currently confirmed to have diabetes in the U.S.
Over the same period, the study has also indicated an expansion in rates of obesity, leading the study’s author to believe that the increased prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is “a direct consequence of the rise in obesity.” Indeed, the percentage of diabetic subjects with obesity increased from 44 percent in 1988 to 61 percent in the most recent survey. So, not only has obesity itself become more common (up 11 percent), diabetes as a complication of obesity has increased as well.
With this in mind, experts agree that the best way to curb the growing prevalence of diabetes is by affecting healthy lifestyle changes – losing weight and getting more exercise, primarily. This, of course, is no secret; the challenge has always been in how to ensure these changes occur. The main areas of opportunity to this end are screening to identify those at risk and in trouble, and counseling to promote knowledge and action among those identified.
Preventive healthcare organizations such as Affiliated Physicians are leading the way in these efforts by offering both screening and counseling in the workplace.
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