Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Scary Statistics!

According to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 - a threefold increase from the current rate. Federal officials estimate that 1 in 10 have diabetes now, but the number could grow to 1 in 3 by mid-century if current trends continue. That is pretty alarming!

An estimated 24 million Americans have diabetes currently. The growth in U.S. diabetes cases has been closely tied to escalating obesity rates.

As someone with several diabetic relatives, this news makes me all the more determined to get in the best shape possible. Please, if you've been struggling with your weight, start adopting healthier habits - eat smaller portions, reduce your calorie intake and increase your exercise. And if you can't get over that sweet tooth, keep indulging in your favorite treats. Just choose the lower-calorie, sugar-free version - like cookies sweetened with sucralose. All of these steps could be the key to a longer, healthier future.

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