Statistics reveal from a number of ongoing government surveys covering the whole of the United States that the increase in the number of obese and overweight people correlates with the increase in incidences of diabetes.
A survey that was conducted in 1994 based on diagnosed diabetes and questions about weight and body mass index showed that in the majority of states the prevalence of diabetes was below 6%.
By 2000 this had increased to nearly 50% of all states and by the year 2009 only two states had the original percentage of persons suffering from diabetes. What’s worse, in 15 of those states, by 2009 that 6% had increased to 9%. The number of people suffering from obesity had increased accordingly.
This is not just happening in the United States either. Worldwide there are over 300 million people who are considered to be obese and those people put themselves at risk from diabetes, and other dangers such as cardiovascular disease which can result in heart attack or stroke.
There are over 150 million people diagnosed with diabetes worldwide. Obesity is a global epidemic. Over 1 billion adults who are overweight – one third are morbidly or clinically obese.
Obesity leads to adverse metabolic effects on blood pressure and can lead to insulin resistance, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease as mentioned above. Being obese also means suffering from skeletal problems. The knees, back and other joints have to support increased weight but usually can’t. This results in obese people suffering mobility problems and suffering from chronic pain.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which comes about because of too much or elevated levels of glucose in the blood. This comes with its own menu of disorders including kidney damage, blindness and nervous and circulatory problems.
Together, diabetes and obesity threaten the welfare and lives of nearly every country in the world and according to the CDC many people are eating their way to diabetes.
In 1999 diabetes affected 16% of Americans, an increase of 40% since 1989. During that same decade obesity rose from 12% of the population to nearly 20%.
Tragically one in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes.
Is there a Correlation between Diabetes and Obesity?
Definitely, even though age, race and genetics do contribute, modern life is the prime culprit. People now lead much more sedentary lives than their predecessors, sitting behind computers working in offices or driving all day. We eat unhealthy food on-the-run and when we get home from our sedentary occupations, many spend the rest of the evening eating unhealthy processed foods or eating snacks in front of our TVs and computers.
There’s even a school of thought that says the brain craves sugar, just like a drug. Cakes, ice cream and high sugar content foods are labeled “comfort foods”. It’s hard to find any processed and pre-prepared foods that do not contain sugar.
Like those who prefer cigarettes or taking drugs in times of stress, boredom or emotional instability, the majority of the population turns to those comfort foods. They become addicts and the long term effect is the same – health problems, a decreased quality of life – and diabetes.
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