Diabetes Rates

Monday, March 08, 2010

The number of people who have diabetes in the United States continues to rise at an alarming rate. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the most recent data on diabetes rates in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Diabetes cases are rising in the United States, with an estimated 11 percent of American adults affected by the condtion.

That means about 26 million Americans have diabetes. If current trends continue, more than 37 million will be living with the disease by the end of 2015.

That report was based on telephone interviews with 625,000 adults.

The research also showed that the national obesity rate also rose 1 percentage point over the last year. Americans who are obese are almost three times as likely as those who arent to be diagnosed with diabetes.

The survey, echoing results of many studies, noted that one of the best ways to reduce obesity is to exercise. A sharply higher incidence of diabetes was reported among those who didnt exercise at least a half hour on any given day.

Researchers found that 8 percent of Americans with diabetes exercised at least 30 minutes a day, four to six times per week. Fifteen percent did not exercise at least 30 minutes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.