November is National Diabetes Awareness Month in America. It is a month of national conversation and call to action to address the growing epidemic in the U.S. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 10% of the U.S. population is diabetic-that’s equivalent to 1 in 10 people. With the typical American diet becoming more unhealthy and with less exercise routines, the diabetes epidemic has spiked. Below are a few significant facts.
An Epidemic That Isn’t Slowing Down
As mentioned on the chart below, every 19 seconds a U.S. adult is diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes has two types: type 1 and type 2. According to Mayo Clinic, the causes of type 1 diabetes is unknown but genetics play a key role. Also, obesity and lack of exercise are motivators of type 2 diabetes. Without proper action, type 1 and type 2 diabetics can face death at an early age. Diabetes is currently the 7th leading cause of death in the country.
Minorities Most Effected
Recent studies have found that minorities are more likely to be obese. As mentioned previously, obesity and lack of exercise are key causes of type 2 diabetes. With this epidemic growing every year, obesity and eventually diabetes are more likely to impact minorities. Twenty-five percent of diabetes sufferers are American Indians and African Americans. Furthermore, nearly 15% of diabetes sufferers are Hispanics.
A Dim Future
According to CureMD, 8.1 million people in this country do not know they are diabetic and 1 in 3 Americans will have the disease by 2050.
To ensure a generation of prosperity and a healthy society, we must raise awareness about healthier, balanced meals and developing some type of exercise routine throughout the week.
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