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CDC Projects 40% of Americans Will Develop Diabetes; What Do We Do About It?
The ongoing diabetes and obesity epidemics have combined with ever-increasing human lifespans to increase lifetime risk of type 2 diabetes to about 40 percent for both men and women, said lead study author Edward Gregg, chief of the epidemiology and statistics branch in the division of diabetes translation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"We weren't necessarily surprised that it increased, but we didn't expect it to increase this much," Gregg said. "Forty percent is a humbling number."
The odds are even worse for certain minority groups. Half of black women and Hispanic men and women are predicted to develop type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, the researchers reported.
We often see accusations of "Nanny State" regulations and calls for personal accountability when it comes to diet and exercise, but when the CDC comes out and says that nearly half of all Americans will develop a major, incurable disease I think it's well past time for a regulatory approach to the problem.
So what do we do? What are the major causes of diabetes, and what will it take to prevent more people from getting the disease? Is the public sufficiently aware of the risk? If so, why aren't these dangers being heeded?
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