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HEALTH DISASTER: Is nearly half of all Americans destined to contract diabetes?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/13/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Rise in obesity, junk food being blamed for upcoming health calamity

Has the United States reached the tipping point with diabetes and obesity? A shocking new study claims that nearly HALF of all Americans, if trends continue, will develop type 2 diabetes in the near future. Public Health England, in their most recent report says that 40 percent of all Americans may contract the chronic condition unless drastic lifestyle changes are implemented.

The irony of the situation is that Americans are generally living longer, which is a factor in their increased lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are also not dying in the same proportions that they were, because of better treatment.

The irony of the situation is that Americans are generally living longer, which is a factor in their increased lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are also not dying in the same proportions that they were, because of better treatment.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/13/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, U.S., study


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The study says that in particular, among Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women, the chances are even higher. As much as one in two appear to be destined for type 2 diabetes.

The report says that 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese. This should come as no surprise. These figures match the soaring weight of the U.S. population.

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Associated with our more sedentary lifestyles and the consumption of more food, containing more calo

Associated with our more sedentary lifestyles and the consumption of more food, containing more calories, more often. These issues need immediate addressing if the diabetes epidemic is to be contained.


Americans began to get heavier in the 1980s. Associated with our more sedentary lifestyles and the consumption of more food, containing more calories, more often. These issues need immediate addressing if the diabetes epidemic is to be contained.

Backing up these claims is a new study in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. A team of researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta show that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for the average 20 year-old American rose from 20 percent for men and 27 percent for women in 1985-1989, to 40 percent for men and 39 percent for women in 2000-2011. The study involved data which included interviews and death certificates from 600,000 Americans.

The report says that 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

The report says that 90 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.


The irony of the situation is that Americans are generally living longer, which is a factor in their increased lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are also not dying in the same proportions that they were, because of better treatment.

There is the inevitable downside. This means that the average American will spend far more years of their lives suffering from type 2 diabetes, which can lead to blindness and foot amputations as well as heart problems.

A shocking new study claims that nearly HALF of all Americans, if trends continue, will develop type

A shocking new study claims that nearly HALF of all Americans, if trends continue, will develop type 2 diabetes in the near future.


Dr. Edward Gregg, study leader and chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch of the Division of Diabetes Translation at CDC, says that this is very bad news for the U.S. healthcare system.

"As the number of diabetes cases continue to increase and patients live longer there will be a growing demand for health services and extensive costs. More effective lifestyle interventions are urgently needed to reduce the number of new cases in the USA and other developed nations," Gregg warns.

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