of Diabetes Worsening with Obesity
- recent news report
One in three Americans
born in the year 2000 will develop adult-onset diabetes, a worsening
epidemic that disproportionately affects women and minorities, federal
researchers said recently.
Rising rates of diabetes are directly related to the increasing
incidence of obesity among Americans, said researcher K.M. Venkat
Narayan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , Atlanta.
"The overwhelming reason why diabetes is increasing in the
country is because there's an epidemic of obesity," Narayan
"Among Americans, a woman has a slightly higher risk, probably
a 39 percent chance of developing diabetes in her lifetime, and
minority groups, particularly Hispanics, have a one in two chance
of developing diabetes,"
The disease's impact on blood vessels damages the body's organs,
can cause blindness, and often leads to kidney and heart disease
-- and shaves between 10 and 15 years off a victim's life.
Projecting trends based on health data covering 360,000 Americans
from 1984 to 2000, the research estimated the number of people with
diabetes will increase to more than 28 million in 50 years from
17 million currently.
The data showed nearly 7 percent of U.S. adults had diabetes in
1999, up from less than 5 percent a decade earlier.
The risk of diabetes is higher than a woman's risk of breast cancer
-- a one in eight chance -- and roughly the same as the risk of
heart disease -- one in two for men, one in three for women.
Narayan, writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association
, said people can lessen their risk appreciably through regular
exercise and a healthy diet.