Friday, October 31, 2008

Get 'Ya Cardio Up!

The CDC jut released a study that conveys the effects of obesity over the last decade. The study, lef by Karen Kirtland of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provides an updated picture of where the disease is prominent. Currently, our nation's obesity epidemic is heavily taxing on the population's overall health. The rate of new diabetes cases nearly doubled in the United States over the last ten years-- most of the new cases are type 2 diabetes. For those who don't know, Type 2 diabetes results from being "obese."

The study found that the incident rates were highest in the South after conducting a state-by-state review of the new diagnoses. West Virginia, ranked the worst where approximately 13 in 1,000 adults were diagnoses with the disease between 2005 and 2007. Minnesota had the lowest rate where the numbers showed 5 in 1,000.

From a national perspective, the rate of new cases increased dramatically from 5 in 1,000 cases during the 1990s to approximately nine in 1000 cases in the middle of the decade. Again, 90 percent of the cases are Type 2 diabetes. These findings correlate with the trends seen in obesity and lack of physical activity-- two health measures where Souther states ranked the lowest.

Diabetes was the nation's leading cause of death in 2005. Recent statistics show that more than 23 million Americans have diabetes and the number is rapidly increasing. According to the study, 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among adults last year!

The good thing is PREVENTION is possible! Since Type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity, the best prevention method is to stay healthy. Studies show that completing 30minutes of physical activities, five times a day, can help you stay fit and is a good prevention measure for diabetes. Get your cardio up people and of course balance your diet. Trust me, daily insulin injections and popping Glucophage pills on a daily basis is NOT the business!

1 comment:

rhonda said...

Diabetes mellitus is a common, and serious, disease in which blood glucose levels are not regulated. The body may produce insufficient amounts of INSULIN to process blood glucose, or the body's tissues may not use insulin properly. Just some added information on the topic. Great blog!