Obesity Causing Diabetes Numbers to Soar

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported in a new study that self-reported diabetes has soared in the past six years. They also state that obesity is the main cause for this dramatic increase. Those groups more at risk are the older populations, poorly educated, and minorities. Minorities are predisposed than white Caucasians to develop diabetes. This first study was done on a regional basis; the new study involved the entire nation. The reports were alarming, and the CDC are concerned there will be bigger problems in the future.

This trend was explored and it was determined the cause was not because of better detection. The ratio for those who were diagnosed with diabetes stayed within the normal age range. They did not find diabetes rising in the younger and healthier population. Scientists believe that fasting glucose tests are better for diagnosis than oral glucose-tolerance tests.

The studies did not show a higher rate of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, or other chronic diseases. Diabetes has emerged as a major health problem. It is the sixth leading cause of death because of the complications such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and blindness.

Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t automatically mean these people will make a better effort to get in shape. In fact, just the opposite, the generation with diabetes is also the most obese. It today’s culture, it is easy to sit in front of the television and snack, eat too much at meals, and buy fast-food that’s high in fats.

An adult only needs to lose from five to seven percent of their body fat to reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease. A 200-pound person would only need to lose ten pounds to see benefits. Increasing their exercise level, working up to 30 minutes a day of moderate activity will bring good results.

A moderate change in lifestyle will not only help reduce the risk of developing diabetes but also will benefit your health in many other ways. Exercise also benefits circulation problems, heart problems, osteoporosis, and many other health concerns. Moderate walking, and mild stretching routines are a good way to begin a healthy exercise program. It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise program. They will be able to guide you in starting out and give helpful ways to begin.

Studies have shown that even slowly walking, instead of the brisk walk recommended will give you many benefits. Mild exercises for strength or yoga routines are good ways to begin an exercise program. Try parking your car farther out in the parking lot when you go shopping. This adds a few extra steps and if you do it consistently the steps will mount up.

You may want to try marching in place during television commercials. A woman who started doing this has reported feeling better and having more incentive to eat healthy and to get more exercise.

Eating healthy, exercising more, and taking care of your body will help decrease the risk of diabetes.