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U.S. Diabetes Numbers Growing at an Alarming Rate

Jacky Gale | November 21st, 2012

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According to a recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate. The study, which was released on November 15, 2012, states that in 18 states, the cases of diagnosed diabetes increased by 100%. Cases also increased by at least 50% or more in 42 states.

About 22 million Americans have a diagnosed case of type 2 diabetes, according to The Center for Medical Weight Loss. That figure does not include those with other types of diabetes. The Center also notes that about 57 million Americans have pre diabetes, which means that they are at a high risk of developing the disease.

Diabetes rates associated with geography

The report from the CDC noted that the increases in diabetes rates were associated with certain geographical locations. Southern states have seen the highest rise in diabetes cases. The West, Midwest, and Northeast have followed suit, in that order. Some of the states that have seen the biggest increases include:

  • Oklahoma
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Reversing diabetes through diet is possible

Although these statistics are alarming, physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss remind patients that reversing diabetes through diet is a way to safeguard their health. Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to weight. Losing excess weight lends itself to managing diabetes, and patients can even reverse their condition with weight loss.

“We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin. When patients lose 5% – 10% of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need medication,” notes Dr. Michael Kaplan, the founder and chief medical officer of The Center for Medical Weight Loss.

Managing diabetes with blood sugar control

As Dr. Michael Kaplan notes, blood sugar control with the proper diabetic diet is essential for reversing diabetes. Blood sugar, or glucose, is metabolized by the body for fuel. A person with diabetes has too much glucose in the bloodstream. The body either fails to produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates glucose) or the body becomes more resistant to insulin. However, with a proper diet and exercise program, many patients are able to successfully lose weight. Along with maintaining a healthy diet, weight loss can significantly reduce a person’s fasting blood glucose levels.

Finding the right diabetic diet

The proper diet and exercise program for diabetic patients should be customized to each person’s individual needs. The physicians at The Center for Medical Weight Loss can develop a diet and exercise plan custom-designed for each patient. People who lose weight successfully have also prevented or reversed diabetes. Those who wish to eliminate their diabetes medications can contact one of the 450 centers around the country. To find a location near you, enter your zip code in the box to the right. Introductory offers are available for first-time clients at select locations.