REPORT: 1/3 of Americans are unknowingly headed for diabetes

Diabetes is a widely undetected and silent disease that kills.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world, particularly in the U.S., with its high-cholesterol diet and sedentary lifestyle.

According to a new report, over 84 million individuals have pre-diabetes and don’t know it. That figure represents approximately one-third of the U.S. population. However, the deadly disease can be prevented or reversed simply by eating more sensibly and engaging in a moderate exercise regimen.

Type 2 diabetes is adult onset diabetes and is generally caused by obesity and lack of exercise, as well as genetics, whereas Type 1 diabetes is more commonly developed in youth and is caused by a malfunction in the production of insulin in the body.

Lifestyle changes have been shown to be a more effective treatment for diabetes than the drugs that are available on the market, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and blindness are the results of allowing this disease to go untreated over a period of time, as it gets progressively worse.

Of the Americans who have the disease, 90 percent of them don’t even realize it.

The amount of sugar in the blood, A1C, is the primary measurement for the severity of the disease. Too much sugar in the blood can cause serious oxygen deprivation to the cells and hinder circulation, which can eventually lead to the necessity of amputating limbs (legs, arms, etc.).

Nearly one-tenth of the population, or approximately 30 million people, battle with diabetes, and of that number, 7.2 million go undiagnosed, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

“The country needs to take this seriously, ratchet it up and make it a priority,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. “Far too few people know about it or know they have it, and that is “why we launched the prevention program and joined forces with other associations,” she said. “It requires us all to take this condition seriously.”

“All sectors, including health care, business, nonprofit community organizations and faith-based organizations, need to be talking about pre-diabetes and encouraging those with pre-diabetes to enroll in a National DPP lifestyle-change program,” Albright asserted.

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