Obesity major factor in diabetes epidemic
ATLANTA (UPI) -- Obesity is a major factor in what some have called a diabetes epidemic, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Using data from the 1997-2003 National Health Interview Survey of the National Center for Health Statistics, the study found each year approximately 31,000 people between the ages of 18 and 79 were asked whether a health professional had ever told them they had diabetes -- excluding gestational diabetes in pregnant women. Annually, about 2,000 people in the United States reported a diagnosis of diabetes.
"Between 1997 and 2003, the incidence of diagnosed diabetes among U.S. adults increased at a rapid rate. The presented data suggest that obesity is a major factor in increasing incidence and that incident cases of diabetes are becoming more obese," wrote Linda S. Geiss.
"Recent clinical trials have found that lifestyle changes that include moderate weight loss and exercise can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes among high-risk adults."
The study is published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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