One 3rd of all Americans could be dealing with diabetes by 2050 if the disease continues spreading at the current pace. The Centers for Disease Control released a report Friday attributing the projected trend to increasing obesity rates and an aging population. To stem the increasing cost of diabetes treatment, which will triple at current rates, the CDC has implemented initiatives to fight the spread of the disease.
Millions don’t know they’re diabetic
As outlined by CDC, about 23.6 million Americans have diabetes. That is 1 in 10 Americans. According to a CNN article, obesity continuing the way it does will severely affect diabetes. By 2050, diabetes are expected to double, if not triple. Right now, diabetes is a condition that 6 million people have but don’t know over it. Those who are pre-diabetic and will develop diabetes unless their lifestyle changed are 57 million Americans with excess fat around their midsection, the CDC reports. Most of will end up with type 2 diabetes, and their bodies will lose the ability to produce insulin.
Diabetes treatment costs skyrocket
There is nothing to do to prevent growing older and preventing diabetes that way. Since obesity is the biggest factor that raises risk, everyone can get more exercise and have a healthy diet. Avoiding obesity will conserve a lot of money also. According to the American Diabetes Association, Americans already spend $174 billion annually to treat diabetes. The ADA recommends that everybody, even if they’re not obese, get screened for diabetes by age 45. Obese people should think about getting tested at an earlier age.
Cure an ounce with a pound
There is a plan in motion for the CDC to help people make better lifestyle choices in order to lower diabetes. You will find some areas where it is hard to discover food that is healthy for people. These areas, along with areas where safe exercise places are hard to discover, are being targeted. Even so, the CDC report found that prevention efforts could reduce the number of cases but not keep them from increasing overall. The authors wrote that without preventive intervention, 3.5 million cases are expected in 2050. Prevention will only give a net reduction of 344,000 by 2050. That means there will still be 3.1 million cases.