We all hear talk about diabetes in the news, or from people we know. It seems like so many more people are being diagnosed with diabetes these days. Type 2 diabetes is largely based on genetics and lifestyle factors, and the disease can actually be reversed in so many people by making healthy lifestyle choices. For instance:
- eating a diet high in whole foods and limited processed foods,
- along with the addition of regular exercise
can really change the life of a person who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
However, its important to know the statistics about Type 2 diabetes and how it is affecting our culture as a whole.
A whopping 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have Type 2 diabetes. This is 8.3% of the population. Out of that, 18.8 million people are diagnosed… while 7 million people remain undiagnosed. Obviously, this is a dangerous situation for people who don’t know they have this serious health issue and aren’t getting treatment for it. These people can end up going into a coma due to fluctuating blood sugar levels. It can also cause them to have life-threatening complications like stroke and heart disease.