A study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has concluded that nearly half of all Americans either have diabetes or pre-diabetes. While this seems like an alarming statistic, experts are actually relieved to learn that between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of people with either of these diagnoses has not changed, meaning that the epidemic may have finally plateaued.
According to the study, researchers found that between 12 and 14 percent of the American population suffered from diabetes between 2011 and 2012, and the percentage of people who had diabetes without knowing it decreased nearly 10 percent compared to rates in 1988-1994.
However, it is worth mentioning that this decrease was not seen across all ethnic and racial groups. The percentage of undiagnosed Mexican Americans is still significantly higher than their white and black counterparts and has not decreased over time, and Asian Americans are still more likely than any other group to have undiagnosed diabetes.
Although diabetes is still a major problem in the United States, these findings have made researchers hopeful that diabetes might one day trend in the opposite direction. It has been suggested that the implementation of new nutritional, physical activity, and food regulations and policies made by local, state, and federal governments may be responsible for slowing the disease’s rate of prevalence. While these efforts may certainly be helping, expanded and sustained efforts will be needed to continue to curb obesity.
Help for People with Type 2 Diabetes
Weight loss is an effective way to help combat type 2 diabetes, but many people have trouble losing weight on their own. Thankfully, A Better Weigh Center can help. Our team of Dallas weight loss surgeons can recommend a number of nutritional, exercise-oriented, or surgical approaches best suited to help you not only lose weight, but keep it off. Our goal is to help you understand your options so that you can achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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