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Surge in Diabetes Among Women and Minorities.
Nov 7th Society for Women’s Health Research

The risk of diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, especially for women and minorities state the October 8th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. About 1/3 of all Americans born in 2000 will suffer from diabetes!

Drivers of the surge are obesity and sedentary life style. The incidence of obesity has increased and is a leading factor for the increase of diabetes.

Dr. Narayan and researches from the CDC in Atlanta used data from the National Health Interview Survey (1984-2000) to estimate age, gender and race specific prevalence and incidence of in US Mortality rates for diabetics and non-diabetics.

Women had a higher chance of developing diabetes. The study showed a 38.5% risk for women and a 32.8% risk for men. Hispanics had the greatest risk with 52.5% of the women and 45.4% of the men had a lifetime risk for diabetes.

This is partly because women live longer although other factors may play a role. While the study showed Hispanic women at the greatest risk – both men and women are at risk. Further study is needed to determine if biologic, environmental or hormonal issues contribute to the disproportionate numbers seen between men and women

Diabetes can wreak havoc on the body, resulting in blood vessels, heart, kidney and eye diseases. It can also shorten a person’s life.

Obesity and excessive weight gain are major contributors to diabetes. According to the Surgeon General’s report a weight gain of 11 – 18 lbs increases a person’s risk of Type 2 diabetes to twice that of those that have not gained weight.

The risk of developing diabetes is substantial but people can take steps to improve their odds. Healthy lifestyles can lower the chance of getting diabetes for all. “Exercising 30 minutes a day 5-7 times a week and keeping your weight under control with a healthy diet,” Dr. Narayan said.

TOMER LABS urges you to watch your diet and exercise.

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