In the past 20 years the prevalence of diabetes among US adults grew by 45%. The greatest increase is among seniors aged 65 and over.
The increase in diabetes is not especially surprising, but the magnitude of the increase is significant and worrisome.
Certainly, one risk factor for diabetes is obesity. The obesity (BMI more than 30) rate has increased from 22% to 34.6% and the prevalence of those with BMI 40 or greater rose from 2.7% to 6.4%.
What can you do? Make sure you know what your BMI is. This is easy to calculate with a BMI calculator http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/BMI/bmicalc.htm . You can also check a fasting blood sugar or a hemoglobin A1c test (available with your physician) to assess how well your body is controlling your blood sugars.
Be mindful of your weight and your fasting blood sugar.
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