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Epidemic of Prediabetes and Diabetes Means Greater Rates of Heart Attack, Cancer and More Disease

Male Doctor Hand Abstract with Lab Coat and Stethoscope.Prediabetes and diabetes is no laughing matter. The disease affects millions of Americans, and it leads to other health problems that are potentially fatal.

It’s no secret that–thanks to a fast food-choked, nutrient poor diet–Americans are getting fatter. The rising rate of obesity in the U.S. is contributing to the escalating number of people with prediabetes and diabetes. (12.3% of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, even if it’s not diagnosed. Another 37%, or 86 million, have prediabetes, the condition that occurs before a type 2 diabetes diagnosis – this is up from 27% a decade ago.)

Of course, genetics can contribute to the development of diabetes too, as well as a sedentary lifestyle. And once you develop prediabetes, the chances of developing diabetes are high.

Here are a few scary statistics:

  • Prediabetes raises the risk of cancer by 15%, according to a recent article published in Diabetologia
  • Just 10% of the 86 million adults with prediabetes know they have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which is a risk factor for diabetes
  • Promoting lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%
  • Prediabetics can prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5%-7% of body weight

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