Diabetes and Obesity: Twin Epidemics

Diabetes and Obesity: Twin Epidemics

According to information disclosed from the Center for Illnesses Control and Prevention (CDC), the 1990’s was a witness to a dramatic increase of diabetes and obesity in the United States, as opposed to a small improvement of eating habits physical exercises.

The figures were truly alarming if we take a look to the percentages.  For example, from 1991 to 2000, there was a 61% increase in the number of obese people.  A 49% increased in the total number of people that suffered from diabetes.

The most curious thing is that, according to specialists, genetic factor is being relegated for lifestyle, under leadership role as primary cause for both conditions occurrence.  For that reason, I have always insisted in how lifestyle is important in our health.

If you regularly exercise,  in a gym, or walking, or practicing any sports as a hobby, and also keep a balanced diet  with plenty of fruits and vegetables, you are reducing, or delaying the onset of type No. 2 Diabetes, and at the same time in a healthy and pleasant way, even being a risk individual to suffer it.

School level also has an impact.  Statistical information from CDC shows about the incidence of diabetes and obesity, is 13.1% and 25.1% higher respectively in individuals with an academic level under those with a pre-university level.  This information should not be a factor to take into account, because not all, for different reasons, can not reach university level, but resources for leading a healthy lifestyle are accessible to all.  In my case, I try to give them the advise every day.

How much exercise are you getting each week?