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By Brooke Benton MS, RD, LDN, CDE Faculty, Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Sciences
Diabetes is a rapidly growing public health concern affecting 30 million Americans. But, the good news is, there are lifestyle changes that could help decrease ones chances of developing type 2 diabetes! Diabetes is a rapidly growing public health concern affecting almost 10% of the United States population, which includes 30 million adults and children. Prediabetes, the precursor to diabetes, affects 86 million Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, is estimated that the national cost of diabetes, both direct medical costs and indirect costs, is $245 billion.
Just as alarming as these numbers are, the complications associated with diabetes can take even more of a toll on one's health. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease and new cases of blindness. It nearly doubles the risk for heart disease, and the amputation rate is 10 times higher than someone without diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2015). But, the good news is, there are lifestyle changes that can decrease ones chances of developing type 2 diabetes!
November is American Diabetes Month so this is the perfect time to share some tips to prevent diabetes.
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Grøntved, A. (2011). Television Viewing and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, and All-Cause Mortality. JAMA, 2448-2448.
Hu, F., Manson, J., Stampfer, M., Colditz, G., Liu, S., Solomon, C., & Willett, W. (2001). Diet, Lifestyle, and the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Women. New England Journal of Medicine N Engl J Med, 790-797.
Ludwig, D. (2002). The Glycemic Index. JAMA, 2414-2414.
Brooke Benton is a faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University. Always speak with a health care professional regarding any questions you may have about medical issues.
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