Diabetes: Preventable Yet Far More Prevalent

. Saturday, November 28


Here is a stark example of how the numbers paint a crystal clear picture.

In 1991, a study predicted that cases of diabetes in the US would double from 6.5 million in 1987 to 11.6 million by 2030. Today, there are 23.7 million cases of diabetes.

There are 77 million aging baby boomers, with those 55-64 less healthy, less happy, and half have high blood pressure. Amputations, blindness and kidney disease are the end result of the body’s inability to metabolize glucose. Obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise seriously increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and 95 percent of these cases are preventable.

"If we don't change our diet and exercise habits or find new, more effective and less expensive ways to prevent and treat diabetes, we will find ourselves in a lot of trouble as a population," said Dr. Elbert Huang, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

The future holds pain and suffering for America’s population.