The CDC recently announced that by 2050 it is possible that 33% of the American population will have diabetes-a drastic increase when you consider that only about 10% of the general population in the United States currently has diabetes. More conservative estimates peg the prevalence of diabetes in the American population in the range of 21% to 28% by 2050.
Most of the increase will be due to type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes which is due in large part to obesity and lack of exercise. Type 2 diabetes is an especially devastating medical condition which increases the risk of heart disease, and is a leading cause of kidney failure and blindness in the United States. About two thirds of diabetes patients will die from a heart attack or a stroke.
However, unlike some other medical conditions, much can be done to prevent diabetes. Eating a healthy diet, which is not laden down with calories, fat, and sugar, and is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, can drastically decrease a person’s risk of developing this condition. In addition, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise helps to prevent not only diabetes, but other health conditions such as breast cancer and osteoarthritis.
If you are concerned about developing diabetes, discuss this with your doctor, a simple blood test can determine if you have a condition called “prediabetes” which may progress to diabetes. People who have Type 2 diabetes may be unaware that they have this condition as it can remain undetected for up to ten years.