Why Are So Many People Being Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?
Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:
What is diabetes? Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal levels. This is also called hyperglycemia. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly, which is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. Over time it isn’t able to keep up and can’t make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.
According to the American Diabetes Association’s National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, in 2012, nearly 10% of Americans – 29.1 million people – had diabetes. A small segment, 1.25 million, had type 1 diabetes, which is almost always hereditary, unlike type 2 diabetes, which is almost always lifestyle related. According to the study, of the 29.1 million, 21 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed. The incidence of diabetes in 2012 was 1.7 million new diagnoses/year; in 2010 it was 1.9 million. In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes; this is up from 79 million in 2010.
Risk for diabetes goes up if you have a family history or if you are overweight. Age is also a risk factor for diabetes as a person’s risk increases after age 45. However, the number of teens diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes is growing. For this age group, poor eating choices are their number one risk factor.
So how can you and your loved ones keep from becoming part of these startling statistics?
A change to a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle can prevent diabetes and keep prediabetes from becoming type 2 diabetes. Where do you start?
Throughout the month of August, I’ll be sharing useful information for anyone who’s been diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, or anyone with a conscious desire to maintain good health throughout their lives. If you have a friend or family member who fits this description, please feel free to share our weekly emails with them.
Our August monthly special is 20% off our 10-Day Blood Sugar Program. This program will supply your body with 10 days of high quality whole food supplements, including nutritious whole food supplement shakes. Results show that you will develop a strong foundation to help control the underlying causes of unbalanced blood sugar and jumpstart a new phase of wellbeing! Our complete line of whole food supplements for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels are 20% off for the month of August. I’ll be happy to discuss your personal needs during your next appointment.
Until next time…
Yours in health,
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
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