Why Is Diabetes Increasing in the US?

1 in 3 Americans Have Prediabetes

That was the result of a Centers for Disease Control study in 2012 stating that 86 Million Americans blood sugar was higher than normal and without a change in diet and exercise 15% would become Type II Diabetics within 5 years.  The American Diabetes Association said in 2013 that they estimated over 25 Million people in the US had Diabetes.

On a positive note; It is possible that the reported increase in Diabetes in the US may be as a result of better medical screening and greater awareness.

A September 2015 study published in the Journal of American Medical Assoication (JAMA) stated that nearly 50% of Adults either are prediabetic or diabetic.  A BMI (Body Mass Index)>30 indicated Obesity was a common thread but Asian Americans with a BMI of only 25 were also found to be diabetic.

Who or What is To Blame?

Who or what is to blame for the increase of diabetes in the US?  My best guess is:

  1. A sugar loaded diet
  2. Obesity
  3. Lack of physical exercise
  4. Stress leading to overeating and drinking and no or insufficient exercise and lack of sleep.

Let’s face it, a lot of us sit all day.  No movement, a boatload of stress, eating to cope or drinking sugar leaden drinks to stay awake is it really any wonder that We might end up with elevated blood sugar.

If you are a shift worker, your sleep is affected and what kind of quality food can you find at 3AM; so studies show that if you do shift work your chances are even greater for developing diabetes.

What can you do?

  1. Get a good physical to include bloodwork (A1C test) to know what your average blood sugar is.
  2. Know if you are at risk due to your family history of diabetes
  3. Keep Your BMI < 30 and your waist size below 40″
  4. Eliminate unneccesary sugar and carbs in your diet
  5. Exercise and get an adequate amout of sleep.

 

 

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