Diabetes Epidemic or Just a Rumor?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the incidence of Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes affects more than 90 million Americans. In 2011, Diabetes was considered to be the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Prediabetes, also known as Metabolic Syndrome, is a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as diabetes. It is not a disease but it is a combination of risk factors. People with Predictions have an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, CDC estimated in 2011 that although about 33% of US adults have prediabetes, less than 10% of this number report that they had been told that they have the disease.

Diabetes affects over 8% of Americans of all ages but approximately 27% of adults with the disease -7 million Americans – do not know they have the disease.

To address the Epidemic issue of Diabetes, in 2008 CDC estimated there were 23.6 million adults who had diabetes and another 57 million had Prediabetes. In a study published in 2010, CDC projected that as many as 1 in 3 Americans could have diabetes by 2050 if current trend continues.

Progression to Type 2 Diabetes among those with Prediabetes is not inevitable. Studies show that people with Predatives can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 Diabetes by losing 5% – 7% of their body weight and getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activities.

The human body converts food to glucose which provides energy. Insulin is the hormone needed to change the glucose into energy. When a diet is made up of too many processed foods, the glucose levels and insulin levels rise at an unhealthy rate. Many adult Americans including children are eating these types of diets which can extremely cause the body to produce more insulin in an effort to change the increased glucose levels into energy.

When this happens the blood glucose level is out of balance and can lead to insulin resistance, excess body fat and impaired blood sugar metabolism.

The symptoms that are associated with Metabolic Syndrome include: fatigue, sugar cravings, high-carb cravings, and the feeling of being confused and not able to focus. What is the cause of these symptoms? Research has shown that the cause can be traced back to diet and exercise. A high sugar and / or a high carbohydrate diet along with lack of exercise is attributed to causing this epidemic. Diet and exercise are necessary to control and delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. In our society in general, our American high fat and high sugar eating habits are a factor in the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Diet and exercise is necessary to control and delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. I do believe we have a diabetic epidemic in our country which is tied to diet, lack of exercise and genetic. One can not separate one from the other. Eating right and exercise can be controlled and your family genetics all play an equal role.