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The Diabetes Epidemic in the U.S.

Much of American culture evolves around excess. Our homes are bigger than they have to be. Our cars are a bit fancier. If there’s a new technological upgrade or gadget available, we "have" to have it. But there are smaller excesses too. Portion sizes at restaurants are larger, and even many supermarket foods are designed more with convenience in mind than nutrition. While some are fighting back and attempting to better their diet and include more exercise, for some old habits die hard. And many who can’t let go of those old habits just — of diabetes.

The American obesity epidemic has been on the forefront of the news for a number of years, and that obesity has led to more and more cases of Type 2 diabetes, which constitutes over 90% of all diabetes conditions. While Type 2 diabetes once happened mostly to middle age or older adults, there are more cases being found in younger people –including children. More than 8% of the U.S. population is currently diabetic, and many don’t even know it. If current trends continue, it is expected that a third of all Americans will be diabetic by the year 2050. But many cases of diabetes are preventable, with the proper diet and exercise. Those who have pre-diabetes can often reverse the condition and prevent the development of diabetes by losing 5-7% of their body weight.

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