Diabetes and obesity trend in the US

Diabetes and Obesity Growth Trend in the U.S.

Categories: Lifestyle

Recently, there has been much discussion over the topic of the increase of people diagnosed with diabetes and obesity in the United States. Although some people may not want to believe it, the facts show that there has indeed been an increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes and obesity.

diabetes and obesity graph

The graph above shows the percentage of the population with diabetes from 1990-2008. As you can see, the percentage of people suffering from obesity was steady until about 1990. (data obtained from data360.org) Then after 1997, it increased steeply. This graph also shows the percent of the U.S. population who have diabetes. There has been a steady increase from 1990-2008. (data obtained from cdc.gov)

What do these graphs mean?

Since there is a connection between obesity and type 2 diabetes, it is not surprising that the number of people that have both has increased.

Some researchers believe that the reasoning behind this has to do with our modern-day conveniences. For example, car usage has increased tremendously (starting in the 1990s). Also, the fast food industry has sky-rocketed. The combination of a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy appetite are major factors that have contributed to this increase in obesity and diabetes.

What should YOU do?

The key to preventing obesity and controlling your diabetes is a healthy, active lifestyle. There are two main factors that contribute to this lifestyle: diet and exercise. A healthy diet can cause you to lose a healthy amount of weight, keep you more alert throughout the day, and improve your immune system. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, lose weight, and also combats health conditions and diseases!

Also, check out why it is important to monitor your blood glucose levels!

Be sure to check with your health care professional before beginning any diet or exercise plans!

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