Diabetes rate to double, costs to triple

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The number of Americans with diabetes will nearly double over the next 25 years, rising from 23.7 million in 2009 to 44.1 million in 2034, according to a study by the University of Chicago.

In the same period, medical costs associated with treating the disease will triple from 113 billion dollars to 336 billion dollars, even without a rise in the incidence of obesity, according to the study published in the December issue of Diabetes Care.

“If we don’t change our diet and exercise habits or find new, more effective and less expensive ways to prevent and treat diabetes, we will find ourselves in a lot of trouble as a population,” said lead author Elbert Huang.

The study said its projections, despite being significantly higher than other recent estimates, may be too conservative because they assume the rate of diabetes and obesity, a risk factor for the disease, will remain stable. [Read more...]

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Sour news about too much sugar

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DALLAS (Associated Press)– A spoonful of sugar? Americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar each day, and it’s time to cut way back, the American Heart Association says.

Most of that added sugar comes from soft drinks and candy — a whopping 355 calories and the equivalent of guzzling two cans of soda and eating a chocolate bar.

By comparison, most women should be getting no more than 6 teaspoons a day, or 100 calories, of added sugar — the sweeteners and syrups that are added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. For most men, the recommended limit is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, the heart group says.
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Help others stop ‘waisting’ away

Consider these facts:

  • Rampant diabetes that shows no sign of diminishing but, in fact, continued explosive growth.
  • Heart problems related to the myriad of stresses placed on the body because of so many people being far overweight.
  • Orthopedic problems with lower extremities because of stress upon joints from inordinate amounts of pressure on hips, knees, ankles and feet.

This list of health complications often associated with obesity just keeps going.

Those struggling with weight gain need encouragement, not condemnation.  Convey a concern for their general health and a willingness to celebrate even the smallest of weight losses.

There is too much at stake to ignore the weight-challenged.

With your help, a life might be changed

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Obesity Trends 2008

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