Obesity fuels soaring diabetes numbers
19 September, 2012
MINNESOTA: Twice as many new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in the US than 10 years ago, according to the latest government statistics, which covered 2005-2007.
The alarming trend, which researchers blame on the obesity epidemic, has struck hardest in the South. In West Virginia, the state with the highest incidence, about 13 in 1,000 cases were diagnosed in adults. Minnesota had the fewest cases, 5 in 1,000.
Type 2 diabetes, which is the type that is commonly associated with lifestyle habits, is preventable. Losing just 5 percent of body weight can reduce an obese person's risk of developing the disease. That translates to just 10 pounds for a 200-pound individual.