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Half Of U.S. Adults Have Diabetes Or Prediabetes (And Most Don't Even Know!)

September 13, 2015 2 min read

A recent study has found that half of American adults either have diabetes or are at a great risk of developing it in the future. What's worse? The majority of people with these conditions are not even aware that something is drastically wrong. obesity in americans According to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes which is caused by a terrible diet and lack of exercise. Catherine Cowie, a program director at the institute, says "diabetes can be treated, but only if it is diagnosed. The medical community needs to be aware that there is a high rate of undiagnosed diabetes in the population." Cowie and her research team found that around 14 per cent of adults had Type 2 diabetes, with around 35 per cent of those remaining undiagnosed. Another 38 per cent have prediabetes and most of that 38 per cent doesn't even know it. And although these are frightening numbers, new cases of diabetes have apparently begun to level off since 2008. Good news but still a major problem. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes cost Americans $245 billion in 2012 alone, including $176 billion in direct medical costs. But these figures only take into account diagnosed cases so the cost is likely higher. The figures show that despite a levelling in new diagnoses, this trend isn't going anywhere. This is incredibly sad news when you consider that Type 2 diabetes can not only be treated with, but reversed by diet and exercise changes. Are these numbers enough to scare you into a complete lifestyle change? Source: Daily Mail Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_108592" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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