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As The Obesity Epidemic Grows So Does Diabetes

A good incentive to take control of your health and weight immediately: Diabetes affects nearly 21 million Americans, according to the 2005 National Diabetes Fact Sheet released yesterday by the CDC, but almost a third of them don't even know they have it...

Even worse, an estimated 41 million Americans suffer from pre-diabetes, a condition that can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Other facts that ought to make you pay attention:

  • This country spends an amazing $132 billion annually on diabetes alone.
  • Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in America.
  • Your risk of succumbing to diabetes increases as you get older. More than 20 percent of Americans over age 60 suffer from it already.
  • An estimated 1.5 million people (older than age 20) will be diagnosed with diabetes this year.

Here's some simple steps you can take If you want to stay ahead of the game and don't have diabetes, or to help you gain control over it if you do:

CDC National Center for Chronic Disease October 26, 2005

Boston Herald October 27, 2005

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