Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
Pre-diabetes raises a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes affects 8.3 percent of Americans of all ages and 11.3 percent of adults aged 20 and older, according to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011. About 27 percent of those with diabetes—7 million Americans—do not know they have the disease. Pre-diabetes affects 35 percent of adults aged 20 and older.
Many recent studies have shown a direct link between obesity and the diagnosis of type II diabetes, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. Also known as adult-onset diabetes, type II is increasingly being diagnosed in overweight children and adolescents. In this type of diabetes, the body produces insulin, but interference from the complications of obesity doesn’t allow the body to use it as it should.
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In type II diabetic, due to an overproduction of insulin, the body can no longer produce the correct amount of insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels for this reason the body become resistant to proper insulin production. This is called insulin resistance.
Ninety percent of diabetics are diagnosed with type II diabetes. Usually, this diagnosis came after the age of 40, but the condition is now increasingly found in patients in their 20’s and children.
In a study published last year, CDC projected that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history, having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), a sedentary lifestyle, and race/ethnicity. Groups at higher risk for the disease are African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and some Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Since 1968, obesity in American children has doubled, and today, approximately 28% of American children are obese. This increase in obesity has been directly linked to the rise in type II diabetes in both children and adults.
Studies have shown that an increase in abdominal fat is linked to glucose intolerance, as well as to overeating and general obesity. A body mass index (BMI) of over 40 has been linked to a higher chance of developing diabetes. HCG Diet Weight Loss is becoming a power force in treating in obesity triggered Type II diabetes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. Obese individuals often have diets high in carbohydrates, starches and sugars, and low in protein and good fats.
The way in which these highly processed sugary foods are digested is related to how the body processes sugar. Like obesity, type II diabetes is highly preventable.
Even mild weight loss can lower one’s risk of developing type II diabetes by as much as five to ten percent.
The CDC recommends a well balanced, healthy diet, i.e. HCG Diet for Weight Loss, along with moderate exercise on a regular basis, as the first steps in preventing both obesity and diabetes.
Many Type II diabetics who have undergone HCG diet treatment have experienced stabilization of blood sugar and normalized insulin production. I many cases reversing their Type II diabetic condition.
Reducing stress levels can also go a long way in preventing diabetes.