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Nearly 10 Percent of U.S. Adults Now Have Diabetes: Study

Posted:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Important information on how to control diabetes

A current research has reported that one out of every ten American adult has blood sugar disease. That would mean that the number of people suffering from blood sugar in America have increased twice since 1988. By the end of 2010, 21 million Americans will be reportedly suffering from this life threatening disease and that will be an increase of 9.3 percent to what it was in 2001.

The outcome of the researches made on blood sugar

Although the alarming rate of increase of blood sugar isn’t good news however, the research done on how to control diabetes has come back with important findings. The most important among them is the small fraction of people who have had diabetes that stays undiagnosed for long, therefore screening techniques have to be more efficient. Secondly, besides been undiagnosed, minority groups also had a problem with the control of diabetic diet. And because there was a failure in controlling diabetes, it has increased to such a great extent. Another interesting finding is that a major cause of diabetes can be tracked and linked back with obesity. It has been seen that the epidemic of diabetes has its close association with obesity.

A short brief about diabetes

Basically there are two types of diabetes -Type 1 and Type 2 respectively. In the medical terms, Type 1 is Diabetes Insipidus and Type 2 is Diabetes Metillus. Metillus or Type 2 diabetes is more prevalent and Infact 90 out of 100 Diabetes cases turn out to be a Type 2 condition as researched by National Diabetes Education Program. Although both types of diabetes result to a higher blood sugar level, Type 1 Diabetes is not related to the weight of the individual carrying it. It is a king of an autoimmune disease. However, type 2 diabetes depends on the weight development of the individual carrying it and also results from stress and an inactive lifestyle. But be it type 1 or type 2, if Diabetes is not taken care of or is poorly controlled, it can cause health risks like kidney and eye sight damage, heart attacks, liver damage or even cause death.

Obesity and Diabetes type 2 goes hand in hand

In order to find ways of how to control diabetes, research were inevitable. Researches and findings done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), from the period between (1988 to 1994) and (1999 to 2010) have shown a 5.5% increase from 1988 to 1994, and a 7.6% increase between 2004 and 2010. It is noticeable that these were the periods when obesity levels also increased to a huge extent. It is seen that 1988 to 1994, obesity rate increased by a total of 21% and between 2004 and 2010, it increased by a total of 32%.

Ways to control Diabetes

No matter what the type of diabetes, it is important to keep it in controlled so that its negative effects do not harm the carrier. The most important and fundamental rule is to eat healthy and burn off extra calories. Besides, one must also be aware, as it can be kept under control by staying aware and screening it at early stages.