With obesity levels at an all time high, the epidemic of type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate, and will only get worse.
How Bad Is It?
Just look at these recent statistics from Healthline.com:
- 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, 8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
- In adults 20 and older, more than one in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors (65 and older), that figure rises to more than one in four.
- 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in U.S. adults in 2012, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise.
Not knowing is the worst because risks of untreated diabetes puts us at a terrible risk of complications including but not limited to blindness, amputations and ultimately death.
Is Diabetes A Death Sentence?
The stickler is that type 2 diabetes is almost completely preventable and reversible. With many Americans overweight, doctor’s say eat less, eat better and exercise. But is that enough?
Statistically, people are now living longer, and life expectancy has been on the rise for years. But this will not continue if type 2 diabetes is not put under control.
We are a gluttonous society and ultimately it is affecting how we live and how long we live.
A Worldwide Problem
And unfortunately, the diabetes epidemic is not just a US problem. It is spreading worldwide with epidemic reports in Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
It is estimated that by 2025, the number of diabetics worldwide will rise to 380 million. And diabetes is now affecting more of the young and middle-aged population in developing countries between the ages of 40 and 59.