We’ve all heard a lot about the type 2 diabetes epidemic. While there are a variety of risk factors that lead to an individual developing type 2 diabetes– such as family history, race, and age, being overweight or obese can also play a role.
And as our nation’s waistlines have grown, so has the portion of individuals who suffer from type 2 diabetes. It’s just hard to avoid—our food is full of simple carbohydrates and our lifestyles are busy, but often sedentary.
It’s estimated that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. That’s a shocking 9.3% of the population. The majority of those people have type 2 diabetes, and many have not yet been diagnosed.
Doctors, and people in the medical field, including diabetes educators like Sharon Tilbe (shown in the video below), are doing their part to combat this condition, making sure individuals understand the risks associated with being overweight or obese.
In the video below, Health Matters explores these efforts, and explains how weight management can help lower your risk of developing type 2.
Take a look, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
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