Diabetes is Affecting More and More Americans
It’s estimated that 23.6 million people in the United States have diabetes, which is about 7.8% of the U.S. population. Even more disturbing is the dramatic growth of type 2 diabetes among children and young adults. Once called “adult onset diabetes,” type 2 diabetes increased by 30% within the youth population between 2001 and 2009 alone.
Not only is diabetes widespread, but there are millions more with undiagnosed diabetes as well as “pre-diabetes.” According to the American Diabetes Association, "Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes,” and may effect as many as 54 million additional people in the United States.
As troubling as these statistics are, the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent diabetes or control its symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Participants in one large study who lost a modest amount of weight — around 7 percent of initial body weight — and exercised regularly reduced the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent.” The right kind of exercise and a proper diet can make an enormous difference in your health, vitality, and quality of life.
Talk To Your Doctor
If you have health issues that affect your ability to exercise, be sure to talk to your physician or healthcare provider before beginning any new exercise program. This is particularly important for people with diabetes, since the disease, its side-effects and its treatment can vary so much from person to person.
In general, if you have diabetes, remember to monitor your blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise to make sure they don’t get too high or too low.